The troops are garrisoned in Iraq and patrol from the garrison. Same as they would in Afganistan. We haven’t dug in anywhere since Korea in the sens of having a front. The credible threat to Iran is a naval blockade and precision attacks on economic and military infrastructure.
Hedo, since Afghanistan is currently being handled by other forces, the new forces coming in could simply choose a place to locate… instead of being needed to keep the peace in major cities, for example.
Perhaps the majority of forces could sit on the Iran border, with some units being rotated into action in parts of Afghanistan.
Whether or not you wish to call them dug in in Iraq, the situation could certainly be different in Afghanistan. They are “busy” in Iraq, whereas in Afghanistan, they could more easily hold themself “at ready”.
Also, if they were outside of major city centers, it would be much harder for insurgents or enemy combatants to get within close proximity and offer combat. There would be no visible populace for them to hide within. It is the in-city efforts, peace keeping and policing that is putting them at risk.[/quote]
We’ll see. I certainly see them being moved around but I think the moves will be in country. Responses from Afganistan would be too far.