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US launch biggest military turnover since WW II with German help

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Jan 13 IRNA -- The biggest military movement of US forces 
since World War II began this week with some 100,000 fresh troops 
expected to take over occupation duties in Iraq, reports said 
Tuesday. 
"In what is being called the largest military movement since 
World War II, the United States has started launching the lead units 
for the first complete turnover of forces in Iraq," the European 
edition Stars and Stripes said. 
The military daily cited Marine Captain David Romley, a Pentagon 
spokesman as saying that the "transition of forces has started," 
adding that the mission of this second group of occupation 
forces has been dubbed "Operation Iraqi Freedom 2." 
"Leading the effort are hundreds of Germany-based 21st Theater 
Support Command logisticians who will help pave the way for more 
than 100,000 fresh troops who are slated to take over occupation 
duties in Iraq over the next five months," the paper said. 
The guard-changing comes as Washington rushes to set up an Iraqi 
security force to be in place by June for a transfer of soverignty to 
Iraqis. 
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