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Wisconsin National Guard units move closer to Baghdad

Two Wisconsin National Guard units that guarded Iraqi detainees near the country's southern border have been moved to another camp closer to Baghdad.

During a satellite news conference Wednesday, Col. Steven Bensend said companies A and D of the 127th Infantry Division moved prisoners in June.

And they were transferred from Camp Bucca to Camp Taji, north of Baghdad. Company A is based in Waupun and Ripon, and Company D is from Marinette.

Bensend said the soldiers have strong protection and insurgents often attack targets which are larger than the transport operations the Wisconsin Guard members are undertaking.

Bensend said two of the six remaining Wisconsin units at Bucca would be transferred soon, but he would not say when, or to where.

It's part of the U.S. withdrawal agreement from Iraq and it's designed to empty the detention units at Camp Bucca, as detainees are released or held closer to Baghdad.

Taji is a newer camp that will be eventually be given to the Iraqis.

Bucca will stay open for other functions.