Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in the town of Amriyat al-Falluja in Anbar province, November 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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The United States has deployed a team of about 50 troops to an air base in Iraq's fiercely contested Anbar province to lay the groundwork for an advisory mission at the core of its campaign against Islamic State militants, officials said on Monday.President Barack Obama's administration announced last week plans to send up to 1,500 more forces to Iraq, roughly doubling the U.S. troop presence there as it expands its mission and starts training Iraqi forces.Alarmed by the advance of Islamic State militants across Iraq, Obama began sending non-combatant troops back into the country in the summer for the first time since he withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011 .
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