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Confronting ISIS: U.S. To Send More Troops To Iraq

Posted: Jun 10, 2015 at 5:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The United States is set to send up to 450 military trainers to Iraq to help “train and advise” local forces fighting Islamic State, the White House said on Wednesday.

Accrding to he White House, President Barack Obama made the decision following a request from Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi.

The troops will be deployed to the Taqaddum military base in Anbar province.

This is coming almost a month after IS seized Ramadi, the central city of Anbar, in May.

The U.S. is also sending weapons to Sunni and Shia tribes, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who are operating under Iraqi command, in order to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S., an Obama administration official said, is looking to see a new “Sunni uprising” similar to one that took place in 2013, but this time aimed at IS fighters.

The purpose of the deployment is to “focus on training the Sunnis,” the official said.

Sunni fighters will continue with the standard practice of undergoing a security review by the Iraqis before they are permitted to join, to ensure they do not have loyalties to ISIS, the official said.

The Associated Press had reported on Tuesday that the Obama administration was considering sending up to 1,000 U.S. forces to Iraq.

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey, told reporters that Obama “asked us to look at whether there are other locations where we might establish training sites.

“He’s asked us to take a look at how we might develop Iraq’s leaders.”

There are currently 3,050 U.S. forces in Iraq, with 2,250 of them devoted to supporting Iraqi security forces, 800 protecting U.S. personnel and facilities, 450 training Iraqi troops and 200 in advising and assisting roles.