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4th Infantry begins move into Iraq

Divison soldiers in Kuwait rest at Camp Pennsylvania on Friday.
Divison soldiers in Kuwait rest at Camp Pennsylvania on Friday.

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DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- The lead elements of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division crossed into Iraq Saturday from Kuwait about two weeks after they were deployed, Central Command officials said.

About 30,000 troops from the 4th Infantry Division were called up from Fort Hood, Texas, on March 27.

The new troops include more heavy mechanized divisions, Pentagon officials said.

The military had hoped to transport the 4th Infantry Division's vehicles and troops over land in northern Iraq, but the United States failed to reach an agreement with Turkey about using its military bases to gain access to northern Iraq.

The 4th Infantry is a heavy-armor division that employs M1A2 Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, 155 mm howitzers, anti-tank and anti-armor AH-64 Apache attack helicopters and UH-60 Black Hawk transport helicopters in combat operations.

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