Iraqi security forces take part in an intensive security deployment against ISIS militants in the town of Amriyat al-Falluja in Anbar province, November 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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A team of U.S. troops was on the ground in Iraq's frontline Anbar province Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle ISIS.President Barack Obama has announced plans to double the number of American troops in Iraq to 3,000 as U.S.-led efforts against the jihadists enter what he called a "new phase".Parts of mainly-Sunni Anbar province have become a stronghold for ISIS and Iraqi forces have been on the retreat in recent weeks, falling back to the Asad air base.U.S. officials have insisted the mission will not see American troops engage in combat and are instead pushing for local forces to tackle ISIS on the ground.The battle against ISIS has in recent months overshadowed the civil war in Syria, where more than 195,000 people have been killed since the start of an uprising in March 2011 .
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