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Bush Plan Expected To Draw 6 Guard Brigades To Iraq January 10, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, US News, White House.

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–President George W. Bush’s plan to increase troop levels in Iraq is expected to require the Army eventually to send as many as six National Guard combat brigades to Iraq, beginning in 2008, The New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions.

The increased demand on the National Guard in coming years is a likely byproduct of Bush’s decision, expected to be announced in a speech Wednesday night, to send five active-duty combat brigades, or about 20,000 troops, to Iraq, starting at the end of this month, according to current and former officials.

Two of those brigades are likely to be in place in Iraq by mid-February, with the rest flowing in one a month until May, according to a military official with access to a recent version of the plan. The Bush blueprint also envisions sending two additional Marine battalions to Anbar Province, as well as delaying the departure of 2,200 additional Marines now in the province.

National Guard officials said Tuesday that they had not been notified that Bush would require a greater combat role for the Guard beginning next year, the paper reported.


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