1,500 more U.S. troops to ar­rive in Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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."

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