Back to Iraq: Army deploying 1,700 paratroopers from 82nd Airborne Division

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Source: Washington Times

Roughly 1,700 U.S. Army paratroopers are headed to Iraq to assist security forces in their fight against the Islamic State group.

The 82nd Airborne’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will soon deploy in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The troops will replace members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Col. James “Pat” Work, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne, told Military Times on Thursday that his men are ready for the winter deployment.

“The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is highly trained, disciplined and fit,” the officer said. “Readiness is our top priority; our paratroopers are prepared for this deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Our team looks forward to this important mission and our opportunity to assist our Iraqi partners.”

The Pentagon also announced in mid-October that 500 soldiers from the Big Red One from Fort Riley, Kansas, will also deploy to Iraq.


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