Eight U.S. soldiers were killed in bomb attacks in Afghanistan, marking a second bloody day in the war.
About 4,500 Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar are among the 30,000 troops President Barack Obama is ordering to Afghanistan, a Marine spokesman told the North County Times on Tuesday.
The units who have received the deployment orders are the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing; the 1st Marine Logistics Group; the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment; and a recently formed Marine Air-Ground Task Force Support Battalion, said 1st Lt. Tom Garnett at Camp Pendleton.
That group of approximately 3,700 Marines and sailors is scheduled to leave in February and March for Afghanistan's southern Helmand province.
In addition, an 800-member Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division is slated to deploy in April, Garnett told the paper.