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U.S. troops to be deployed as peacekeepers in Kosovo

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It's been 10 years, but U.S. troops are going back to Kosovo, this time as a peacekeeping support force to NATO, military officials announced on Thursday.

Soldiers with the 525th Battlefield Brigade from Fort Bragg, N.C., as well as other active-duty and National Guard members, are going first to Hohenfels, Germany, for training and then on to Kosovo for peacekeeping missions, a U.S. Army Forces Command spokesman said in a United Press International report. The training in Germany starts in April.

The Kosovo Force 17, as it's dubbed, will include 773 U.S. service members. It will bolster NATO's Multinational Battlegroup-East, UPI says.

America hasn't stationed troops in Kosovo since July 2003, but ongoing withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan have freed active-duty troops for Kosovo, UPI says.

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