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Part of Ft. Drum unit heading Afghanistan in fall

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FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - About 2,000 soldiers in a combat brigade based at Fort Drum in northern New York will be heading to Afghanistan in the fall.

The Pentagon has announced that about half of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team has received orders to deploy overseas along with aviation units based in Texas and Kansas.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the Fort Drum contingent will train and assist Afghan security forces in the southern part of the nation for nine months.

The division's 1st and 2nd Brigade Combat Teams and its 10th Combat Aviation Brigade are currently deployed in Afghanistan, along with elements of the 4th Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

The division has about 6,500 soldiers deployed, including 5,000 from Fort Drum.

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