Fort Riley Troops Expect Different Iraq

By: AP
By: AP

FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) _ When a Fort Riley brigade heads to Iraq at the end of next month, its soldiers and officers anticipate finding conditions much different from when many were there in previous deployments.

Lt. Col. Christopher Beckert, the 2nd Brigade's deputy commanding officer, says that while Iraq is still dangerous, reports are that life is beginning to return to some sense of normalcy. Shops are opening in Baghdad, services are being restored and residents who fled the violence are migrating home.

Beckert, who will be sent to roughly the same area where he previously was deployed, said soldiers were being reminded to be polite, be professional, but be prepared to shoot.

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