- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Troops from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division will be headed to Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in December.

The Army confirmed Monday that roughly 250 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will land in Iraq before the month is out.

“The 1st Battalion, 505th PIR is a well-led and highly trained unit with extremely talented and adaptable paratroopers. I know they are ready for any contingency and am confident they will accomplish the mission,” Col. Curtis Buzzard, the brigade commander, said in a statement, Military Times reported Monday.

The paratroopers will be part of 1,500-troop increase authorized by President Obama on Nov. 7 and will help train 12 Iraqi brigades in a non-combat role.

Officials told the newspaper that locations for the training have not been finalized.



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