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US Army to send unit to Iraq three months early

About 1,000 U.S. Army troops will deploy to Iraq three months earlier than planned as part of the military’s stepped-up effort to halt sectarian violence there, the Defense Department said on Friday. The troops from the 3rd Infantry Division based at Fort Stewart, Georgia, will go to Iraq in March instead of June and they will assist with intelligence, surveillance, and command and control duties, the Pentagon said. The early deployment was announced as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a symbolic, nonbinding resolution opposing Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq. The Senate is expected to vote on Saturday on whether to debate the House resolution. Full Story

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