Pentagon announces deployment of 16,000 troops to Afghanistan
Washington: Acting quickly on the decision
of US President Barack Obama to send 30,000 additional troops
to Afghanistan, the Pentagon today announced deployment of
16,000 US troops to this war torn country.
"An infantry battalion task force, with approximately
1,500 Marines, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolian, will deploy
later this month.
Regimental Combat Team-2, headquartered at Camp
Lejuene, North Carolina, will deploy approximately 6,200
Marines in early spring 2010," the Pentagon announced today.
"A Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) headquarters
from I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.,
will deploy approximately 800 Marines in spring 2010," it
The Pentagon announcement comes in less than a week of
Obama taking such a decision.
In his speech at the West Point Military Academy, New
York, Obama had announced his decision to send 30,000
additional troops to Afghanistan in the next six months and
then start the process of drawdown by July 2011.
In its announcement, the Pentagon said a Brigade
Combat Team (BCT), with approximately 3,400 soldiers from the
1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York will
deploy in early spring 2010 to conduct a training mission.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates also approved the
deployment of approximately 4,100 support forces, which will
deploy at various times into spring 2010.
More announcements would be made in the coming weeks,
the Pentagon said.