Back in November, Barack Obama authorized to deploy up to 1,500 troops in Iraq. In January, the Pentagon will make good on that authorization by sending up to 1,300 troops to Baghdad:
The Pentagon has announced that up to 1,300 U.S. troops would be sent to Iraq in the New Year, despite promises by President Barack Obama that there would be “no boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria.
Announcement of the new deployments to Baghdad was made to service members and the media just days before Christmas.
These troops, most of them from combat divisions, will deploy to Baghdad in “late January,” according to a Pentagon spokesman.
Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel officially “authorized” the deployment, which will consist of around 1,000 soldiers from the Fort Bragg-based 82nd Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
“They will begin to deploy in late January and their mission will be to train, advise, and assist Iraqi security forces,” according to Pentagon Spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.
Obama needs to decide: Is he pulling troops out of Iraq or isn’t he?