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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2017 1:05 p.m. PST


"An anticipated military escalation in northern Iraq will include up to 300 additional U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, an infusion of combat power intended to accelerate the ouster of Islamic State fighters from their stronghold in Mosul.

The paratroopers comprise two infantry companies and a route-clearance platoon from the division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, according to a U.S. defense official, who spoke to Military Times on the condition of anonymity. They are scheduled to depart from Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Tuesday.

As Military Times first reported Sunday, U.S. officials consider the deployment temporary, though they've not disclosed how long it could last. The soldiers will contribute to what's been described as an "advise and assist" mission, supporting Iraqi ground forces who are doing the bulk of the fighting against ISIS…"
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