US military considering more troop deployments to Iraq: Official

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US military officials are considering a possible boost to the country’s current troop levels in Iraq, says a senior commander leading the US-led military efforts against the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri group.

“We’re constantly looking to see if we’re right-sized,” British Army Major General Doug Chalmers, the deputy commander for support in the US-led coalition, said on Thursday, adding that the number of troops and additional combat capabilities were part of an “ongoing dialogue.”

The general’s remarks followed a report by the Washington Post that claimed US military commanders were going to ask President Barack Obama to authorize extra troops and equipment to allegedly fight the terror group in Iraq and Syria.

Chalmers said additional capabilities could include logistics, equipment, air support and surveillance. However, he declined to provide more details in this regard.

On the size of the requested troop level increase, he said, “I can guarantee you,…

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