U.S. to send four brigades to Iraq in advisory role
www.chinaview.cn 2009-07-15 05:55:49   Print

    WASHINGTON, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it will send four Army brigades to Iraq in advisory role beginning this fall, as part of the next regular troop rotations.

    The brigades, known as Advisory and Assistance Brigades (AABs),will focus on training and mentoring Iraqi security forces, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters at the regular Pentagon briefing here.

    The AABs, with 14,000 troops in total, will focus less on combat and more on advising, assisting and developing capabilities within the Iraqi security forces, he explained.

    However, they will also conduct coordinated counterterrorism missions.

    The AABs will support the U.S. State Department's provincial reconstruction teams, too.

    Meanwhile, three regular combat brigades will deploy to Iraq beginning this fall.

    The rotations are aimed to maintain the U.S. troop levels in Iraq at 128,000 through Iraqi elections in January next year.

    After that, the Pentagon will gradually draw down the force to between 30,000 and 50,000 by Aug. 31, 2010 as U.S. President Barack Obama announced earlier this year.

    All U.S. troops will leave Iraq by the end of 2011 according to an agreement reached by the two countries last year.

Editor: Yan
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