Live Phone Interview: An Update From The General

Live Phone Interview: An Update From The General

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The mission of Fort Drum soldiers deployed to Iraq "is going extremely well" and it's possible some soldiers could return early.

That was part of an update from post and 10th Mountain Division commander Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt who called in to 7 News At Noon for a live telephone interview with anchor Makenzie Piatt.

You can hear the full interview in the video.

Gen. Piatt and more than 500 soldiers with the division's headquarters brigade deployed to Iraq for nine months in March. 

Military officials have declared that major combat operations against ISIS are over. Gen. Piatt said Iraqi security forces have liberated the cities once held by ISIS and are working to eliminate ISIS remnants from their country.

Because "the mission changes" and the headquarters "evolves to meet the mission," Gen. Piatt said some soldiers might not be needed.

About 20 soldiers have been sent home already and the general says there could be more. 

"When forces are no longer needed, we're going to send folks home," he said. "There's a real chance we could send more home later on this summer."

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