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14 June 2004

Am I missing something here?

Just how many troops are really in Iraq? The same numbers are published regularly: Out of a total of 135,000 US troops on active duty in Iraq, 40,000 are National Guard, plus 40,000 Army Reserve -- a total of 60% of the total US troops! -- leaving room for 55,000 regulary Army. This does not count how many "contractors" there are working in Army positions.

If anyone has different figures, I'd sure appreciate a heads up. A huge contingent of Army Reservists left town this morning for "an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq." 18 months?! I was under the impression that reserve and national guard units served only one year.

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