Troops May Stay in Iraq Longer than Anticipated

By Thomas Duffy / April 7, 2004 at 5:00 AM
Troops stationed in Iraq may have to stay in country longer than anticipated to combat insurgents who have raised the level of violence there in the past week, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today. Defense Department officials are looking to "manage" deployments in Iraq to keep more seasoned troops in the theater, Rumsfeld said. During a Pentagon briefing, Rumsfeld said the ongoing troop rotation has given Army Gen. John Abizaid, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, a temporarily larger force...

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