U.S. allies to send about 1,500 troops to Iraq: commander

December 8, 2014 8:07 PM

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U.S. allies to send about 1,500 troops to Iraq: commander

KUWAIT CITY (Reuters) - U.S. allies have committed to send about 1,500 forces to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers battling the Islamic State, which increasingly appears on the defensive, the top U.S. commander guiding the coalition effort said on Monday.

Lieutenant General James Terry, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve targeting the militants in Iraq and Syria, said the forces would come on top of the up to 3,100 troops U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized to deploy to Iraq.

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