President Obama has announced that he is sending 1,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq. They will join 1,600 other U.S. troops already deployed in Iraq. Their mission will be to train Iraqi forces.
The AP reports that the troops should arrive in Iraq by the end of the year.
A senior military official says that American military advisory teams will now go to Iraq's western Anbar province where Islamic State militants have been gaining ground and slaying men, women and children.
The teams are part of President Barack Obama's new directive to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq by deploying another 1,500 U.S. troops to serve as advisers, trainers and security personnel.
The official said it is likely that the bulk of the additional troops will be in Iraq by the end of the year. This would bring the total U.S. forces in Iraq to about 3,100, and would mark their first return to Anbar since the war ended.
The administration is quick to point out that these troops will not be serving in a combat role, but sometimes advisory missions turn into combat missions. The American committment to South Vietnam started out as just sending advisors and ended with an embarrassing withdrawal that left 58,000 dead.
There is something very troubling about the growing “mission creep” in this war against ISIS. It makes you wonder if our government has a real plan to combat ISIS.