Pentagon Announces Afghanistan Force Deployment
News in Balance:
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2010 -- The following news release made available Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense is the text of a statement announcing units for upcoming Afghanistan rotations and deployment:
The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of an additional 4,100 soldiers to Afghanistan, part of the 30,000 troops authorized by President Barack Obama on Nov. 30, 2009. The 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, from Fort Campbell, Ky., will deploy approximately 3,200 soldiers in the late summer of 2010.(Report from a U.S. Defense Department news release.)
The deployment of this brigade will increase the capabilities of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) as the United States continues its mission in Afghanistan. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also approved the deployment of approximately 900 additional troops from several units, which will deploy at various times through the summer of 2010.