US Increases Iraq Personnel to Combat ISIL

Pan.bg 11 юни 2015 | 14:24 views (3502) commentaries(0)
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The US will send up to 450 more personnel in non-combat roles to assist Iraqi security forces and tribal militaries to combat the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, the White House announced Wednesday.
The US will also continue to speed the flow of defense equipment to the Iraqi government, administration officials said.
The move increases US personnel in Iraq to 3,550, three-and-a-half years after the US military officially withdrew from Iraq.
In a statement, the White House said the increase is designed "to provide personnel to assist with planning, integration and support of Iraqi Security Forces and tribal forces as they fight to retake the Ramadi and Fallujah corridor."
The troops will be stationed at al-Taqaddum Air Base, a decision based on the US focus on Anbar province.
The personnel being sent are not in the same vein as the trainers sent to four other locations in Iraq, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren.
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