US Troops in Iraq's Anbar as Anti-Islamic State Campaign Expands

November 12, 2014 7:23 AM

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Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq: A team of US troops was on the ground in Iraq's Anbar province on Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group.

The Pentagon confirmed about 50 military personnel were at Al-Asad air base to assess it for the possible deployment of a larger contingent of advisers and trainers to assist Iraqi security forces.

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