by Geezer Power 8:05 PM PDT
12,000 more Guard troops may be going to Iraq
Deployment order planned to lessen ‘surge’s’ strain on stretched-thin Army
Pentagon may call up 12,000 National Guard
April 5: NBC News has learned that Defense Secretary Robert Gates may soon order 12,000 additional National Guard troops called up to help fight the war in Iraq. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports from the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Coming on the heels of a controversial “surge” of 21,000 U.S. troops that has stretched the Army thin, the Defense Department is preparing to send an additional 12,000 National Guard combat forces to Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials told NBC News on Thursday.