It’s typical for a war that is winding down to send troops who will risk their lives simply for putting up a last moment of presence for the
U.S. combat soldiers, new role in is frustrating Iraq
By Hannah Allam | McClatchy Newspapers
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq -- Before Army 1st Lt. Bianca Philson's first deployment to Iraq earlier this year, she trained as a battle captain, learning how to keep commanders informed of progress during fierce fights against insurgents.
Philson's extensive drills included simulated urban gun battles, intelligence gathering and jamming signals to prevent the detonation of roadside bombs. Now that she's been in
"None," said Philson, 24, of
Instead, Philson and about 4,000 other soldiers with the 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division are relegated to their sprawling base on the outskirts of the southern Iraqi city of
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