Article: "U.S. Army chief expects rise in deployed troops"
Excerpt(s): WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, already strained by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will likely deploy more soldiers in the next 18 months, the service's top general said on Wednesday. U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said the United States would likely send more troops to Afghanistan before it had pulled an equivalent number out of Iraq, resulting in the overall increase. "What I see is our committed strength going up slightly and staying up," until about the middle of 2010, Casey said at a breakfast organized by the Association of the United States Army, which represents current and former soldiers. "That's going to put continued stress on the force so we're not out of the woods yet." "We're probably not going to get everything out of Iraq on the timelines we need ... to have it in Afghanistan," he said after the breakfast. The U.S. Army provides more than 100,000 of the 142,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 23,000 of the 33,000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan.
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Picture from Reuters, originally captioned: Soldiers with the US Army's 6-4 Cavalry leave Combat Outpost Lowell enroute to the nearby village of Kamu in eastern Afghanistan January 8, 2009.