US Army announces upcoming troop rotations to Iraq and Afghanistan

6 August 2015 (Last Updated August 6th, 2015 18:30)

The US Army has released the details of units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, as part of the upcoming rotation of forces scheduled for this month and September.

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The US Army has released the details of units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, as part of the upcoming rotation of forces scheduled for this month and September.

Approximately 1,250 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York, will deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, for nine months.

Additional 300 personnel from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division will deploy to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel, alongside 1,000 soldiers from the Fort Polk, Louisiana-based 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.

"I am confident that our soldiers are equipped, trained and ready to assume the missions announced."

The new rotation will replace the army's 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters at Bagram Airfield.

Meanwhile, the army will also send 450 soldiers from III Corps, based at Fort Hood, Texas, to Kuwait for a one-year rotation in the headquarters for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), next month.

The CJTF-OIR is currently leading the regional campaign of coalition and international partners to synchronise military activities across the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Pentagon spokesman navy captain Jeff Davis said: "These are routine rotations to replace personnel that are already there."

10th Mountain and Fort Drum commander major general Jeffrey Bannister said: "We continuously train in preparation for contingencies around the globe, which is why I am confident that our soldiers are equipped, trained and ready to assume the missions announced."

Approximately 3,550 and 9,500 US troops are currently deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Operation Freedom Sentinel in Afghanistan, respectively, Military.com reported.


Image: US military personnel during a joint community policing patrol in Basra, Iraq. Photo: courtesy of DVIDSHUB via Wikipedia.