Iraqi soldiers train with members of the U.S. Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, at Camp Taji, Iraq, in this U.S. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Sgt. Cody Quinn
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President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more U.S. troops to Iraq Wednesday to advise and assist local forces in an effort to reverse the recent gains by ISIS jihadis.The U.S. troops will not be used in a combat role.There are currently nearly 3,100 U.S. troops in Iraq involved in training, advising, security and other support roles. The U.S. is also flying bombing missions as well as aerial reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering missions against ISIS forces, while counting on Iraqi ground troops to retake lost territory.The U.S. mission at Al-Taqqadum will be more about advising Iraqi forces on operations against ISIS militants in Anbar than about providing individual troop training, a U.S. official said.The new site amounts to a modest tweak to the existing U.S. approach in Iraq, and illustrates Obama's reluctance to escalate the fight and reintroduce U.S. soldiers into combat that he had vowed to bring to an end.
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