US to deploy more troops to Iraq to fight ISIL: General

The US military says it may deploy additional troops to Iraq, even beyond the hundreds announced earlier this week, to help in the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

US Army General Joseph Votel, the head of the US military’s Central Command, said on Thursday the size of possible troop increases are still being discussed within military circles.

“As we continue on the mission, I think there will be some additional troops that we will ask to bring in,” Votel said in an interview in Baghdad, Iraq.

“We try to tie our requests to specific objectives we’re trying to achieve on the ground,” he said.

The general’s comments came just three days after US President Barack Obama’s administration announced a 560 troop increase to allegedly fight the Daesh terror group in Iraq and Syria.

The US has an official limit of just over 4,600 troops formally assigned to Iraq after the latest troop increase, although the actual figure is higher due to temporary…

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