US Army to Deploy 500 of Fort Riley Soldiers to Iraq
According to Fox News, the pentagon announced Thursday that 500 troops from the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas, will head to Iraq and other countries in the Middle East next month to help coordinate the campaign against the Islamic State.
During a Pentagon briefing, the Pentagon press secretary said that over 200 of the soldiers will be stationed in Iraq, in areas of Baghdad and Kurdish, while the remaining troops will join the fight out of U.S. bases in the region under the U.S. Central Command, Rear Adm. John Kirby.
Over 200 troops will be part of the 475 troop team that President Barack Obama authorized last month to serve in Iraq as advisers to the Iraqi National Security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
Last week, Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army Chief of Staff, said he had signed off on “sending another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we’re doing there, a small headquarters.” The division headquarters would be the first to deploy to Iraq since the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. forces from the country.
Essentially, setting up a headquarters in Iraq will give both the troops of the U.S. government more control over what is happening in the middle east, mainly the terror threat coming from ISIS itself, and ISIS affiliated groups.
[via Fox News]
Gayana Sark | News Cult