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    Pentagon Admits to Hundreds More Troops in Iraq

    FILE - Iraqi soldiers train with members of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, in this U.S. Army photo released June 2, 2015.
    FILE - Iraqi soldiers train with members of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, in this U.S. Army photo released June 2, 2015.
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    Hundreds more American troops are serving in Iraq than previously acknowledged by the Pentagon, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

    The Pentagon had said there were 3,550 U.S. forces on the ground in Iraq to train and equip local security forces in the fight against Islamic State.

    But the Defense Department has now increased that number to 3,870 troops.

    Baghdad-based U.S. military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren went even further Wednesday, saying it was "fair to say" that there are hundreds more troops than even that figure, arguing that it is part of the natural rotation of incoming and outgoing forces.

    The troop presence is small compared with the figure from the height of the Iraq War, when the United States had nearly 160,000 in-country troops during the "surge."

    But the Iraq War officially ended at the end of 2011 and the United States pulled its combat troops from the country.

    When President Barack Obama in 2014 launched airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, he said there would be no American boots on the ground.

    Military officials have gotten around that pledge by stressing the U.S. forces are not present in a combat role.

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    by: williweb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
    February 04, 2016 9:01 AM
    In most muslim societies there is an irresistible urge for different groups to wage constant open warfare against each other. IS is just the ultimate stage of that urge. The politically correct US must give the "opposition" a fighting chance at competing whereas the Syrians and Russians are just going to kill them all. More people have been killed trying to conquer or defend Allepo than any other place on Earth. Allepo must be the heart and soul of islam.
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    by: too much think from: about yourselves
    February 04, 2016 10:04 AM
    "The politically correct USA" believe that crimeans couldn't vote on referendum, couldn't fight for reunification with Russia and Russia had haven't right to "give them a fighting chance at competing whereas the Ukrainians are just going to kill them all". "The politically correct USA" believe that USA can (have a right) to preach at and punish Russia. Get off your high horse.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    February 04, 2016 12:16 AM
    [What difference does it make?] .. The US fought the war on terror and against the terrorists for 15 years, and the US failed to defeat a single terrorist group (even the smallest) anywhere in the world during that time, [and now since 2009], when the Obama administration changed the US anti-terrorist strategy to abandon Afghanistan and Iraq, the terrorists have multiplied a thousand fold around the world, and even formed a standing army of terrorists with a Caliphate, and seem undefeatable, and have now become a real world power attacking people and countries worldwide?

    And now? .. The US is sending a few more US troops to train the 3rd world Iraqi army (and the 3rd world Afghan army) to fight the wars against the terrorists on the battlefields that they won't fight anymore? .. And now the US contribution to the war on terror and against the terrorists has been reduced to dropping a few bombs on some suspected terrorist sub-leaders? .. and training 3rd world army troops to fight the terrorists they won't fight anymore? .. it's downright pitiful, isn't it?
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    by: baba Voenga from: underground
    February 04, 2016 4:58 AM
    You are right: those who cannot work and don't know what to do - teach, who do not know how to teach - directs.

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