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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Marines Out of Iraq, Into Afghanistan?

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Gates plays down report Marines want Iraq exit

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday played down a newspaper report that the U.S. Marine Corps was pressing to remove its forces from Iraq and switch to a leading role in Afghanistan.
Under the proposal, the newspaper said, the U.S. Army would concentrate on Iraq while the Marines would focus on Afghanistan.
Some officials sympathetic to the army said such a realignment would help ease pressure on the army by allowing it to shift attention from Afghanistan into Iraq, the newspaper reported.
Sounds like a good plan to me. At least someone would be paying attention to Afghanistan then.

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