White House to Seek $5.6 Billion for Miltary Operations in Iraq

President Obama has authorized 1,500 additional military personnel to go to Iraq and advise and train the Iraqi forces and Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS. He will ask Congress to approve for $5.6 billion in overseas contingency funds and $1.6 million to train Iraqi and Pershmerga forces.

Two groups will be going. The first will "advise and assist" Iraqi forces at the brigade level from command operations centers near Baghdad and Erbil. The second will do the military training. 9 Iraqi army and 3 Peshmerga brigades will be trained in northern, western and southern Iraq. Many of the new personnel will be deployed to the Anbar province.

Here is the Pentagon's statement. It confirms the personnel will act in a "non-combat role." It is an expansion of our "advise and assist mission" and the beginning of the training initiative. It doesn't mention Syria.

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    "advise and assist" (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Mr Natural on Mon Nov 10, 2014 at 07:36:09 AM EST
    I was in second grade when I first became aware of the Vietnam war.  Our teacher was weeping and reading the class news about the current death toll in Vietnam.  It was 236 at the time.

    Our role at that time was billed as advisory.  

    Not Vietnam (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jack203 on Tue Nov 11, 2014 at 09:47:35 PM EST
    Of course you never know if the Repubicans come in power...

    The last two months ISIS is faltering even with thousands of psychotic zealots coming over.  What kind of person would be attracted to ISIS's PR moves of beheading aid workers?

    If the next two months are as good as the last two.  Obama will have played this perfectly.

    But the end game will need to also be played correctly.  I have yet to see an alternative than by granting the Sunnis the ability to govern their own lands.