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The United States is sending 1,500 more military personnel to Iraq

The Commander in Chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional U.S. Personnel over the coming months,
in a noncombat role, to expand our “advise and assist mission” and
initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi Forces.

Secretary Hagel made this recommendation to President Obama based on the request
of the Government of Iraq, U.S. Central Command’s assessment of Iraqi units, the
progress Iraqi security forces have made in the field, and in concert with the development
of a coalition campaign plan to defend key areas and go on the offensive against the
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant(ISIL).


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