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Battalion unit colors from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are displayed while saluting during a transformation ceremony held at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum Oct. 17, 2014.
Battalion unit colors from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are displayed while saluting during a transformation ceremony held at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum Oct. 17, 2014. (Kenneth A. Foss/U.S. Army)
Battalion unit colors from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are displayed while saluting during a transformation ceremony held at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum Oct. 17, 2014.
Battalion unit colors from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division are displayed while saluting during a transformation ceremony held at Magrath Sports Complex on Fort Drum Oct. 17, 2014. (Kenneth A. Foss/U.S. Army)
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks to soldiers from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., on Mar. 30, 2015.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks to soldiers from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y., on Mar. 30, 2015. (Jon Harper/Stars and Stripes)

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Troops from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division will be headed to Iraq later this year, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday.

About 1,250 soldiers from the division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, based at Fort Drum, N.Y., will deploy in August or September to train, advise and assist the Iraqi security forces as they battle the Islamic State. The deployment will last nine months, according to Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesman for the 10th Mountain Division.

Deploying members of the unit will replace soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division.

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