1,500 more U.S. troops to arrive in Iraq
Lt.-General James Terry, Commander of the 40-nation coalition that is fighting ISIS, on Thursday hailed the "tremendous strength" of that coalition which is about to get another 1,500 American troops.
He also recognized the enemy's "capability" and resilience, and he said it probably would take at least three years to build "some of the capabilities that are required" for the Iraqis to defeat the enemy.
"As you know, we have been authorized an additional 1,500 U.S. person- nel," Terry told a Pentagon briefing. "They will serve in noncombat roles to support additional advise-and-assist requirements, and the building capacity partner effort."
Terry said the 1,500 U.S. troops will start "flying in" in a couple of weeks: "But what you need to understand is we're not waiting on those 1,500."
Terry said the U.S. troops that already are in Iraq, around 1,700 of them, are "starting to move forward and have moved forward in many cases to make sure that we are preparing the sites out there. We've got the legislation moving through that gives us authorities to train. And we want to be ready, and we certainly will be, as the Iraqis now start to designate in a deliberate way which units now will go to those partner capacity sites..."
Terry said he expects other members of the 40nation coalition to produce "at least an additional 1,500 personnel too."