Pentagon plans to send more troops to Iraq: Dunford

The Pentagon is planning to deploy more American combat troops in Iraq to accelerate military operations against Daesh terrorists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

General Joseph Dunford said Friday the Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama on how to boost military support to Iraqi forces.

“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,” the top military officer said at a Pentagon briefing.

Dunford maintained that he and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter were of the opinion that “there will be an increase in US forces in Iraq in coming weeks, but that decision hasn’t been made.”

The recommendations will address the question of how the US can “enable” Iraqi forces in their efforts to liberate Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq.

The Iraqi armed forces launched a military operation early on Thursday…

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