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Army announces Afghanistan deployment for 1,400 soldiers

About 1,400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division will deploy to Afghanistan this fall, the Army announced Tuesday.

The soldiers, who will be supporting Operating Freedom's Sentinel, belong to the division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

"From hunting al Qaeda and Taliban forces during Operation Anaconda in 2002 to performing the advise-assist mission in 2014-2015, the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team have been nothing short of exceptional while supporting operations in Afghanistan," said Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, the acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne, in a statement. "The Rakkasans are trained, well-led and prepared to accomplish any mission given to them while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel."

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