File - In this April 16, 2015 photo, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, accompanied by Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Iraqi forces battling jihadis on several fronts Thursday were poised to receive the help of 450 extra U.S. soldiers slated for deployment near Ramadi.A year after a jihadi offensive saw the government lose swaths of Iraq, military operations to weaken ISIS were experiencing mixed fortunes.Federal troops and the Popular Mobilization forces – an umbrella for mostly Shiite militias and volunteers – also continued operations aimed at securing Beiji, north of Baghdad.The new contingent will be based at Taqaddum Air Base, nestled along the Euphrates River between jihadi-held Ramadi and Fallujah.The U.S. is also considering replicating the creation of a new U.S. military hub in Anbar elsewhere in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer said Thursday.Dempsey described the Taqaddum base as a "lily pad" for the U.S. military to expand farther in Iraq to help encourage and enable Iraqi forces to battle ISIS.Dempsey did not see another such site in Anbar province anytime soon.Dempsey, who has long warned about the limits of U.S. military power in Iraq, expressed confidence that the latest deployments to Taqaddum would help advance Iraq's military campaign against ISIS.
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