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Wednesday, March 9, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

U.S. to bolster Kuwait presence during pullout
'to provide force protection'

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military plans to bolster its presence in Kuwait amid the final drawdown of troops from neighboring Iraq.


The Defense Department said it would rotate a National Guard unit that was deployed in Kuwait. The Pentagon said the rotation would begin in 2012 and involve nearly 4,000 troops.

"The 55th HBCT is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait to provide force protection and convoy security," the Pentagon said on March 7.

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The brigade has been assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard and would be deployed to guard U.S. facilities in Kuwait. The GCC sheikdom contains about 15,000 troops and serves as a hub for U.S. operations in both the Gulf as well as Afghanistan.

The Pentagon said it would also rotate another combat brigade, the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 27th, part of the New York National Guard, would be deployed in Afghanistan and assigned to security force assistance.

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