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New wave of Marines start leaving for Iraq

KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) _ The first of 900 Hawaii-based Marines have left the islands for deployment in the war in Iraq.


By Associated Press
Posted: Sunday, February 26th, 2006 7:18 AM HST

About 60 Marines with the Third Battalion, Third Marine Regiment left yesterday for the Haditha area of Iraq. Hundreds more will follow them over the next several weeks.

In addition, another seven-thousand soldiers are training for summer deployment to northern Iraq this summer from Schofield Barracks.

Twenty-year-old Lance Corporal Timothy Rhyne is leaving behind his wife, who is four months pregnant with twins.

He says the deployment will be difficult because he's already been to Afghanistan before, and he didn't want to miss the birth of his children.