Fort Bragg Troops to Deploy to Iraq

AUGUST 17, 2005 -- Officials say the 82nd Airborne Division will send about 700 soldiers to Iraq over the next two months.

Division officials say paratroopers from the First Battalion of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment were alerted last week and have begun preparing. No return date was announced.

This will be battalion's second deployment to Iraq. The unit was based outside Fallujah in western Iraq from September 2003 to April 2004. It also deployed to Afghanistan from July 2002 to January 2003.

Captain Patricia Brewer is a spokeswoman from the Multi-National Force Iraq in Baghdad. She says the soldiers won't get their mission until they arrive.

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