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U.S. adds up to 450 troops in Iraq to expand overall mission

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:16

One year since Islamic State militants took Mosul, U.S. President Barack Obama orders up to 450 additional troops to Iraq in an effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight back. Gavino Garay reports.

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The White House says up to 450 more U.S. troops will be deployed to a military air base located in the predominantly Sunni western Anbar province. Amid recent gains made by insurgents, Press Secretary Josh Earnest says helping Sunni fighters on the ground will be key to expanding the overall mission of the Iraqi government. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST SAYING: "The situation on the ground in Iraq would benefit from more trained Iraqi security forces, and more Sunni tribal fighters that are operating under the command and control of the Iraqi central government, who have received advice, equipment and assistance from the U.S. military." The news comes on the anniversary of Islamic State's capture of Mosul, a strategically important city in northern Iraq. The radical Islamist group has to-date managed to seize a third of the country in a rampage marked by mass killings and hostage beheadings. President Obama has been accused this week of overseeing an incomplete strategy for training Iraqi Forces. This latest announcement is designed to address that criticism, and help Iraq fight back.

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U.S. adds up to 450 troops in Iraq to expand overall mission

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:16