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01/01/2004 Archived Entry: "Iraq"
U.S. Prepares for Risky Iraq Troop Rotation
Between late January and May, 123,000 weary U.S. troops will be pulled out
of Iraq and replaced with about 110,000 fresh Army soldiers and Marines.
Most U.S. Iraq Deaths Are Reservists
A Look at U.S. Military Deaths in Iraq
478 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of operations in Iraq.
On or since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat
operations in Iraq had ended, 340 U.S. soldiers have died.
The pitfalls of trying Hussein
As for the US, official documents recently obtained and published by The National Security Archive, show that the Reagan administration had extensive knowledge by early 1983 of Iraq's "almost daily" use of chemical weapons against Iran, yet chose to do little in response. In fact, current Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (who was then a Reagan presidential envoy) met with Hussein in December, 1983 where he conveyed the US's "close support" of Iraq.
The Saddam Hussein Sourcebook
My friend's husband joined the reserves about a year before the war began. He did it to more or less volunteer his time once a month (or however often it is). Well he has already done a tour in Iraq and by reading the article, it looks like he may be going again. Although he has been back on US soil for awhile, my girlfriend hasn't seen him as he is stationed in North Carolina and has not been allowed to leave. No wonder they are among the casualties, how much possible training can they get in that short time to prepare for war?
Posted by Kim @ 01/02/2004 09:16 AM EST
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