President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more U.S. troops for Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more U.S. troops for Iraq, roughly doubling the number already there to advise and retrain Iraqi forces battling Islamic State militants, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said Friday. "The commander in chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional U.S. personnel over the coming months," Kirby said. The Pentagon said it planned to establish several sites across the country to train nine Iraqi army brigades and three brigades of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. They will be set up in northern, western and southern Iraq. The U.S. military would also establish "advise and assist" operations centers, adding to similar centers already set up in Baghdad and Arbil.