Back To Iraq: Secretary of Defense Says American Troops Might Be Deployed To Ramadi
American troops might be deployed to Anbar province, Iraq to help the Iraqi government retake Ramadi, which fell into ISIS’ hands last May. What was disconcerting about this victory was that it showed the terror group has “tactical awareness” when executing their assaults (via Military Times):
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he is willing to send American helicopters and troops to Anbar province to help the Iraqi military forces close in on and seize Ramadi from Islamic State militants.
"The United States is prepared to assist the Iraqi army with additional unique capabilities to help them finish the job, including attack helicopters and accompanying advisers if circumstances dictate and if requested by Prime Minister [Hader al-] Abadi," Carter told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
His comments came amid reports that the Iraqi security forces have advanced into downtown Ramadi and seized a key military operations center.
Hundreds of U.S. troops are deployed in Anbar province, but their mission has been limited primarily to inside-the-wire training activities at Al Asad Air Base and Taqaddum Air Base.