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The President is about to announce his increase of 21,500 troops and lots of veterans are on their way back to Iraq. With the military stretched already, which most likely to be called back? How much to multiple tours increase post-traumatic stress? Are soldiers worried about the loss of support back home?

Producers:
Vanessa Romo
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner

Main Topic More US Soldiers Are on Their Way to Iraq

President Bush has called for an increase in troops for Iraq, but US forces are already stretched thin. The so-called "surge" means an escalation of 21,500 troops. Soldiers of the Army's 3rd Division, which led the invasion of Baghdad, is the first to leave for its third tour. How is the increase likely to be accomplished? How do soldiers feel about leaving their families to face brutal combat? Are the troops worried that the war has lost the support of those back home? What about post-traumatic stress disorder? We hear from the Pentagon about the prospects for other American soldiers. 

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )
Sean Harder, Military Reporter, Savannah Morning News
Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor (@dixiebureau)
Kurt Schauppner, Editor, Desert Trail

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