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President Obama Deploys Additional 1,500 Troops to Iraq

November 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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Fox News is reporting that A team of 50 military personnel are visiting a U.S. military air base in Iraq’s Anbar province after President Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces in the region in the fight against the Islamic State.

A Defense Department spokesperson confirmed that the group was visiting the Al-Asad Air Base to “conduct a site survey of facilities for potential future use as an advise and assist operation location in support of Iraq Security Forces.”

The official also confirmed that some of the personnel were carrying weapons, but strictly to protect the force.

The military personnel were surveying the area for a planned deployment in Anbar province, where fighting with Islamic State militants, or ISIS, has been intense.

On Friday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to support Iraqi forces in that province and other parts of the country.

The plan increases the total number of American troops in Iraq from 1,400 U.S. troops in Iraq, to around 3,200 who are being deployed.

The U.S.-led coalition have continued it’s campaign of targeted airstrikes on Islamic State militants and facilities in Iraq and Syria for months, as part of an effort to give Iraqi forces the time and space to mount a more effective offensive.

ISIS terrorists have gained ground across northern and western Iraq in a lightning advance in June and July, causing several of Iraq’s army and police divisions to disintegrate.


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