Middle East

October 5, 2009

For U.S. combat soldiers, new role in Iraq is frustrating

Before Army 1st Lt. Bianca Philson's first deployment to Iraq earlier this year, she trained as a battle captain, learning how to keep commanders informed of progress during fierce fights against insurgents. Philson's extensive drills included simulated urban gun battles, intelligence gathering and jamming signals to prevent the detonation of roadside bombs. Now that she's been in Iraq for five months, how much of that training is put into practice? "None," said Philson, 24. "I don't do any of that stuff."

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