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05-30-2006, 10:04 AM
U.S. sends 3,500 more troops to Iraq


BAGHDAD, May 30 (UPI) -- In response to insurgent activity in western Iraq, the U.S. military is deploying 3,500 reserve troops from Kuwait to the area, The Washington Post reports.

The soldiers will deploy in Anbar province, where Sunni tribal leaders had been cooperating with the U.S. military, the report said. However, since the beginning of the year, 11 of the leaders have been killed by insurgents in the regional capital of Ramadi, and last week, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told CNN parts of Anbar were fully under insurgent control.

Much of the violence is linked to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, one sheik who asked not to be identified told the Post.

"He kills anyone who goes in and out of the U.S. base," the sheik said. "We have stopped meetings with the Americans, because, frankly speaking, we have lost confidence in the U.S. side, as they can't protect us."

In response, the 2nd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, the main standby reserve force for the 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq has been activated in Kuwait, the newspaper said.