Saturday, September 03, 2005


Katrina Deployments Add to Military Strain

By ROBERT BURNSThe Associated PressSaturday, September 3, 2005; 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's decision to put thousands of active-duty soldiers and Marines on Hurricane Katrina relief duty adds a new dimension to the enormous strain on the military from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Senior military officers said Saturday they have plenty of troops to handle their wide range of missions at home and abroad, and they discounted suggestions that the urgent deployment of soldiers and Marines to the Gulf Coast would interfere with the rotation of combat troops in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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