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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2017 9:35 p.m. PST

… to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq.

"The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait. They're focused on the U.S.-led effort to train and assist the Iraqi troops doing much of the fighting against ISIS there.

These new personnel, however, will be "postured there to do all things Mosul, Raqqa, all in between," Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the Army's deputy chief of staff for operations, told House lawmakers Wednesday. He was referring to the Islamic State's two main strongholds: Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, major urban centers where U.S.-back allies are fighting a well entrenched enemy…"
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Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP11 Mar 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Hopefully they will be able to send the helo's mechanics this time. link

zoneofcontrol11 Mar 2017 5:16 p.m. PST

I believe the helo mechanics issue was arbitrary rather than budgetary. There were limits to the number of military personnel permitted to be deployed by the administration then in command. As a result, the helos and crews were sent but civilian contractors did the servicing work.

Unfortunately, because of over use and continuing budget cuts since then, the quantity and capability of unit's ground staff has taken some hits. God bless 'em for what they do.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Mar 2017 1:15 p.m. PST

I wonder if this is also a message to Iran?

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