After news came today that ISIS terrorists had slaughtered another American, the Administration authorized an additional 350 U.S. troops to be sent to Iraq. The White House says the troops will be sent to augment the current security forces already on the ground in Baghdad. They could deploy as soon as the end of the week. There was no indication which branch of the military those troops will be pulled from.
The release also said,
“The request he (President Obama) approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq.”
This morning Central Command out of Tampa released information regarding the 123 airstrikes that took place near Mosul yesterday and today. The strikes destroyed one ISIS armored vehicle, likely U.S. kit originally, three ISIS trucks, and then neutralized a mortar position near the coveted Mosul Dam. There were no injuries or casualties to U.S. personnel or U.S. jets during the raids.
The United States military is spending some $7.5 million a day for military operations in Iraq which includes several hundred Marines at the Baghdad Embassy, communication warfare specialists, airstrikes, and private security contractors. While much was made of today’s announcement, in the last two weeks hundreds of Americans were secreted into the Embassy with no fanfare. Those Americans are in direct support of military operations in the area.
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, including a contingent of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, deployed to the Arabian Sea in February. Due to several conflicts in their area of operation, their deployment has been extended by the Secretary of Defense until the first part of October.