#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON – Nov.07 – President Barack Obama authorized the US military to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq on Friday.
That would nearly double the American military presence in the country. He also requested $5.6 billion for the fight against the Islamic State.
The additional troops will expand the military’s role in training and helping Iraqi forces, focusing on the part of the volatile Anbar Province that is currently under Islamic State control, sources told NBC News.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey ‒ and other high-ranking military officials ‒ have repeatedly warned that airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the brutal extremist group in Iraq and Syria.
“No one is under any illusion — under any illusions — that airstrikes alone will destroy ISIL,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters at the end of September, calling Islamic State by one of its acronyms, at the end of September. “They are one element of our broader, comprehensive campaign against ISIL.”
The president is seeking from Congress a new authorization in the mission that would allow American troops to use force in Iraq. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), the presumed incoming Senate majority leader, has said he would welcome such a move.