COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP/KKTV) - The Latest on whether Fort Carson soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan (all times local):
Officials at the Pentagon have denied a claim by a former high-ranking Army official that more than 6,000 soldiers from Fort Carson, Colorado, will be deployed to Afghanistan.
Army Col. Pat Seiber said Thursday that no scheduled deployments are imminent for soldiers from Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division.
Patrick Murphy, who was acting secretary of the Army under former President Barack Obama, said in a speech at Fort Carson on Thursday that one brigade and a headquarters unit from the 4th Infantry Division were being deployed to Afghanistan.
Seiber said another brigade from Fort Carson will return home soon from a deployment in Europe.
A former high-ranking Army official says more than 6,000 soldiers from Fort Carson, Colorado, will be deployed to Afghanistan, but current officials haven't confirmed the plan.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2h4qj6A) that Patrick Murphy, who was acting secretary of the Army under former President Barack Obama, discussed the deployment in a speech at Fort Carson on Thursday.
Fort Carson spokeswoman Dani Johnson said the post hasn't received any official notification of a deployment. She said she couldn't comment further.
Murphy said an infantry brigade and the 4th Infantry Division headquarters unit were headed to Afghanistan.
It wasn't clear if the soldiers would replace some of the 11,000 U.S. troops already there or would be among about 3,900 additional troops the U.S. plans to send.
PREVIOUS (KKTV): Thousands of Fort Carson soldiers are headed to Afghanistan in the next few months, according to a report by our partners at The Gazette.
One-time acting Army Secretary Patrick Murphy confirmed the pending deployment in a speech at the Mountain Post Thursday. The deployment news comes just weeks after President Donald Trump announced his plan to put more boots on the ground there and just three weeks before the 16-year anniversary of the war.
According to The Gazette, more than 6,000 Fort Carson soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division headquarters and its 2nd Brigade Combat Team will be deploying. Murphy reportedly said Thursday the soldiers would be sent to Kandahar.
Fort Carson has not confirmed this information to either The Gazette or 11 News.