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Obama authorizes 1,500 more “non-combat” personnel to Iraq

Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Authorization to Deploy Additional Forces to Iraq:

The commander in chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional U.S. personnel over the coming months, in a non-combat role, to expand our advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces.

Secretary Hagel made this recommendation to President Obama based on the request of the Government of Iraq, U.S. Central Command’s assessment of Iraqi units, the progress Iraqi security forces have made in the field, and in concert with the development of a coalition campaign plan to defend key areas and go on the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

U.S. Central Command will establish two expeditionary advise and assist operations centers, in locations outside of Baghdad and Erbil, to provide support for the Iraqis at the brigade headquarters level and above. These centers will be supported by an appropriate array of force protection capabilities.

U.S. Central Command will establish several sites across Iraq that will accommodate the training of 12 Iraqi brigades, specifically nine Iraqi army and three Peshmerga brigades. These sites will be located in northern, western, and southern Iraq. Coalition partners will join U.S. personnel at these locations to help build Iraqi capacity and capability. The training will be funded through the request for an Iraq Train and Equip Fund that the administration will submit to Congress as well as from the Government of Iraq.

Over the coming weeks, as we finalize the training site locations, the United States will work with coalition members to determine how many U.S.
and coalition personnel will be required at each location for the training effort.

Ultimately, these Iraqi forces, when fully trained, will enable Iraq to better defend its citizens, its borders, and its interests against the threat of ISIL. This effort is in keeping with our overarching strategy to work with partners on the ground to destroy ISIL.

Meanwhile, U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the last three days, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.

Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft have conducted eight airstrikes in Syria since Nov. 5, officials said. Seven strikes near Kobani struck three small ‪#‎ISIL‬ units, seven ISIL fighting positions and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, and an airstrike near Tall Abyad destroyed an ISIL weapons stockpile.

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Here is a thought. Because these troop’s (who were not supposed to be there) are going there to train the military in Iraq, how about Iraq pays us for the training. After all it is their country and they have been pumping oil for a long time. If they don’ pay, we don’t train. Sounds fair to me.

“1,500 more “non-combat” personnel” actually translates to mean these people are now lower lever Czars.

Wait, I thought you republitards loved going to war?

Strange, they didn’t announce this before the election. Then they did the old trick of announcing it on Friday hoping everyone will forget by Monday.

LVS, I like and support President Obama. But I have to agree the timing was rather suspicious.

I remember hearing Obama strictly saying “No Boots on the ground” My question is are the troops wearing golf shoes?

That is suppose to be Common Sense. These pieces of electronic equipment just don’t follow what my fingers are trying to do.

I’m not happy about the escalation of troops in Iraq, either. (I AM happy, however, that my son was honorably discharged from the USMC several years ago.)

I still say we need to take those billions/trillions of dollars we’re spending over there and use them to defend our country HERE. Don’t we have missiles that can intercept any missiles fired at us? Can’t we beef up our airport security to keep the terrorists out? It takes money. LOTS of money. Let’s use it here.

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