U.S. troops at Taqaddum to help Iraqis plan fight for Ramadi




 
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June 12th, 2015  
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Topic: U.S. troops at Taqaddum to help Iraqis plan fight for Ramadi


By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has said American forces being sent to a new operations center in the heart of the war against Islamic State will not engage in combat, but they will do almost everything but fight to support the beleaguered Iraqi forces. U.S. defense officials say the tasks of the troops going to Taqaddum air base will range from advising Iraqi commanders how to ensure soldiers have enough bullets to integrating air power into combat plans. Obama on Wednesday authorized deployment of up to 450 troops to work with the dispirited 8th Iraqi army division as it tries to regroup and ultimately drive the Islamist forces back out of the city of Ramadi that they overran last month.




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