Pentagon’s Excuse for the New Military Bases in Iraq

Pentagon’s Excuse for the New Military Bases in Iraq
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:35:07

With President Obama authorizing up to 450 additional U.S. troops to help in the training effort, White House and Pentagon officials say a major goal will be to bring those military advisers closer to ISIS.

To prolong American presence and influence in Iraq, U.S. president authorizes up to 450 additional US troops to help training efforts in Iraq. The additional U.S. troops would join the roughly 3,100 American troops already in Iraq, currently training about 3,000 Iraqis.

But whether they can is an open question. And Republican lawmakers say the Obama administration still lacks a coherent strategy that can reverse ISIS gains.

"I don't think 450 troops are going to make the difference," Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., told Fox News, while still calling Wednesday's announcement a "good start."

At the Pentagon, spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters the 450 additional U.S. forces would be fully up and running in six-to-eight weeks. The new U.S. troops will go to Taqaddum Air Base in Anbar, in the city of Habbaniyah — between Ramadi and Fallujah, both under ISIS control.

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