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Administration Lengthens Tours of Duty in Afghanistan

Posted on Jan 25, 2007
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Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division, who will have to serve four months in Afghanistan beyond the previously expected end of their tours, board a Chinook helicopter.

The Bush administration has pledged $10.6 billion in aid to Afghanistan and said it will maintain troop levels there. But because soldiers are in short supply these days, the commitment will have to be met by troops already deployed, 3,200 of whom will have their tours extended by four months.


Ms [Condoleezza] Rice made the announcement on the eve of a Nato meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels, which she is due to attend.

Earlier the Pentagon said thousands of US forces would stay on in Afghanistan.

It said 3,200 men of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division would remain in the country for an extra four months after their tour of duty is meant to end.

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By Steve Hammons, January 26, 2007 at 8:17 am Link to this comment
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Continued tour extensions, expanded operations, ongoing casualties and the desire for wider war by the Bush administration could result in calls for a military draft.

Many neocons may want a World War III and they want to start it before the Bush administration leaves office.

These concerns are examined in the article below:

Military draft needed for war with Iran and Syria?

Steve Hammons
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American Chronicle
July 20, 2006

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By louis stroud, January 26, 2007 at 4:56 am Link to this comment
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i can’t believe the pols want to tear down our military, our troops will lose their morale, and all those casualties weigh heavy on their minds, and their families also. none of these guys in the white house seem to know nothing about war, they seem to want to play with troops minds, and call themselves hero names, like war president, and look at their record, somebody in the right place has to do something, like pat fitzgerald. we all voted change in gov’t but they didn’t get it, i guess we will have to do more change in ‘08,and even after that if they can’t get it right.

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By Quy Tran, January 25, 2007 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment
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Only way to shorten tours of duty for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq as well is to bring those who responsible for these invasion to justice then hang them higher than Saddam Hussein

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By Lee Dekker, January 25, 2007 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment
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Sure sounds like involuntary servitude. That was reason enough to DECLARE war in 1812. Can’t declare war on your own government, but it is our duty to impeach and imprison those responsible.

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