Pentagon To Double U.S. Troops In Iraq, But Why Now?
The Pentagon announced plans Friday to soon deploy 1,500 troops to Iraq to help battle ISIS, but some critics are skeptical of the timing.By Christian Bryant | November 7, 2014
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Friday it plans to double the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by deploying an additional 1,500 in the upcoming months. (Video via U.S. Army)
According to a Pentagon press release, U.S. troops — in non-combat roles — will assist Iraqi forces in battling ISIS. American troops will operate two centers outside of Erbil and Baghdad, Iraq’s capital. (Video via CNN)
Along with the additional troops, the Obama administration has requested $5.6 billion from Congress to help with the deployments — at least $1.6 billion of that will be used to help train Iraqi forces. (Video via Al Jazeera)