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Most “New” Troops to Come from Forces Already Scheduled to be in Iraq Of the 21,500 troops called for in President Bush’s speech last night, all but one major combat unit are either already in Iraq, or were scheduled to go there anyway. Most of the surge will come from “sending a few brigades earlier than planned and extending the tours of others.” And the highest troop level to come — 153,500, though the Pentagon hasn’t revealed when this number will be realized — will still be smaller than the 160,000 that were in Iraq after last year’s elections. (AP)More Troops, Still not Enough Equipment to Save Lives When Bush follows through with his just-announced troop surge, Iraq’s newest soldiers will experience a familiar problem: a lack of armor. (Baltimore Sun)

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