US to send 1,500 more troops for non-combat role in Iraq

President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of 1,500 more US troops to Iraq.

AsEeuronews informed, the soldiers will boost Iraqi forces fighting the militant group Islamic State following a request from Iraq’s government.

Their role will be non-combat and it is believed they could be in place before the end of the year.  The new troops will train nine Iraqi army and three Kurdish Peshmerga brigades in several sites. They will join several hundred military advisers who are already assisting the Iraqi army.

The Pentagon also announced the US military would be setting up what it called “advise and assist operations centers” outside Baghdad and the northern city of Irbil.

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