Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

Iraq: U.S. Military Expands Role of Troops

HeadlineJul 29, 2016

The Pentagon has announced it is expanding an “advise and assist mission” for U.S. troops in Iraq as some of them are deploying along with a conventional Iraqi army unit for the first time in years. In April, President Obama authorized U.S. combat advisers to deploy with Iraqi army forces at lower levels. Until then, they had been largely confined to bases and special forces missions. The announcement comes as officers have spoken about an “imminent” offensive against Mosul, the largest city held by ISIS. Earlier this month, the Pentagon raised the number of soldiers in Iraq to more than 4,600. There are also at least 3,000 U.S. military contractors in the country.

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation