Shorter tours of duty in store for U.S. soldiers

Will happen even if troop cuts are suspended
WASHINGTON Gen. George Casey says that while his forces are strained by nearly seven years at war, the Army can maintain 15 combat brigades in battle for at least a couple of months after July while military commanders assess the situation in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, have both said they favor a suspension in troop cuts after July to assess security gains before more forces leave the country.

 

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