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June 11, 2015 12:31 pm

Obama Orders Iraq Deployment of 450 More Troops

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US military patrol, Tal Afar, Iraq.

US military patrol, Tal Afar, Iraq.

AP – President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

The U.S. forces will open a fifth training site in the country, this one dedicated specifically to helping the Iraqi Army integrate Sunni tribes into the fight, an element seen as a crucial to driving the Islamic State out of the Sunni-majority areas of western Iraq.

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