Strykers in Baghdad

On Sunday, the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team turned Mosul over to the 2nd Infantry Division’s 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. The 3/2 SBCT was the first Stryker brigade and deployed to Iraq in late 2003 for a year.

Rather than coming home as scheduled, however, the 172nd is staying in Iraq indefinitely to help restore some order in the wake of the recent waves of violence in Baghdad. While this is obviously a disappointment for the soldiers and their families at home, it’s good to know that these experienced troops are on hand. Hopefully their presence will speed the recovery.

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U.S. military Stryker vehicles move in a convoy down a main highway in a Sunni populated area in Baghdad August 5, 2006. Several Stryker vehicles were seen Saturday in Baghdad’s mostly Sunni neighborhood of Ghazaliyah, where Iraqi police used loudspeakers to encourage residents to go about their business and reopen shops because the additional troops were there to protect them. As part of a campaign to curb sectarian violence in Baghdad, the U.S. Army transferred 3,700 soldiers of the 172nd Stryker Brigade from northern Iraq to the capital to reinforce U.S. and Iraqi security forces. REUTERS/Asaad Mouhsin/pool (IRAQ)

Photo from Yahoo. (Note that it’s a Reuters photo, so it could really be a pic of anything anywhere taken by anyone…)