Chaplain Requests Prayers for Troops in Iraq

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Col. Michael Hoyt, who oversees chaplains for U.S. and Allied forces, is asking people to pray for the troops stationed in Iraq.


American troops are spending another holiday season amid those dreadful sights, which is why their command chaplain is welcoming prayers.

Colonel MICHAEL HOYT (U.S. Army): Praying for our strength of spirit and fatigue level would be helpful. The second thing probably that we could use some prayer on is our ability to keep diligent to our task. And then I think the last would be just to pray that we maintain the vibrance of our own faith.

INSKEEP: Colonel Michael Hoyt oversees chaplains for U.S. and allied forces in Iraq.

Col. HOYT: One thing that everybody here battles everyday, no matter what level you're working at, is just fatigue. This is a long, drawn out process and the demands of the day are heavy and the days are long.

INSKEEP: And as those days pass, the troops are waiting for word of a possible change in U.S. strategy.

Col. HOYT: No one over here that I know of has a problem with a re-look or a new strategy. It's just a little bit of anxiety about change and what would that mean.

INSKEEP: An anxiety that many Americans, not to mention many Iraqis, will be feeling as this year comes to an end.

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