• Pentagon to propose boosting US military presence in Iraq


    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future, a top US military official said Friday (Saturday in Manila). “We have a series of recommendations that we will discuss with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces,” said General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The recommendations will include ways that the US can “enable” Iraqi forces in their efforts to recapture the city of Mosul, the largest urban center in the Islamic State group’s “caliphate,” an operation that’s expected to be long and difficult. Pentagon officials have previously mentioned their desire to accelerate the training of Iraqi troops, or to provide logistical support for the Mosul offensive.



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