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U.S. extends Afghanistan tour of 2,200 marines

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Friday, July 4, 2008

The Pentagon extended the deployment of 2,200 marines in Afghanistan by an additional 30 days Thursday, breaking early promise to send them home on time. FULL STORY: CLICK HERE

The marines are from 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU, which is doing combat operations in the volatile southern parts of Afghanistan.

The new order means they will come home in early November rather than October as the Pentagon promised earlier this year, according to David Nevers, a Pentagon spokesman.

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“Their extension comes at the request of International Security Assistance Force, (ISAF) and with the approval of Defense Secretary Robert Gates,” he said.

“This will afford the MEU the opportunity to continue building on the tremendous success they have achieved during their tour there,” Nevers added.

This article was posted: Friday, July 4, 2008 at 11:59 am

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