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12/2/04

Pentagon sending more troops to Iraq to provide security before election

The Pentagon is sending parts of the 82nd Airborne Division to Iraq and delaying the homecoming of other soldiers to boost security.

An official says the Pentagon is adding forces to help increase security ahead of next month's Iraqi election.

The official says members of two battalions of the 82nd Airborne have been told they will be deployed and at least two Army brigades in northern Iraq will have their tours extended about two months.

Military officials have repeatedly said they were considering raising troop strength to offer enough security ahead of the January 30th vote.

There are about 138-thousand American troops in Iraq.

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