Pentagon weighing plan to send more troops to Iraq

Pentagon weighing plan to send more troops to Iraq
Thu Aug 21, 2014 09:57:33

The Pentagon is considering sending about 300 more troops to Iraq to enhance security for State Department facilities in Baghdad, a U.S. official told POLITICO Wednesday, bringing the total number of uniformed Americans there to about 1,000.

A decision is not “imminent,” the official said, as Defense Department leaders are waiting on a formal request for the additional forces.

If one came, it seems likely the U.S. Central Command would send more troops to help secure the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as well as other American facilities, including those at the airport.

There are already several hundred American troops in Baghdad protecting the embassy and the airport, defense officials have said, as well as Boeing-built AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, small remotely operated aircraft and other weapons.

Other U.S. forces are in Erbil to help advise the Iraqi military.


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