200 Troops Head To Middle East
According to various sources, 200 American troops are headed to the Middle East, but it’s not entirely clear where these soldiers will end up. These soldiers are coming from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.
Some of these soldiers will head towards the Qayyarah Airfield West, which the soldiers refer to as “Q-West.” American forces have occupied this area since the summer of 2016.
Breaking news reports, “American troops now on the move. American defense officials telling Fox News that 200 more soldiers are on their way to the Middle East. At the request of the top commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Baghdad.
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Deployed Soldiers Have No Known Location
Fox News reports:
“Two companies from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division are being deployed to the Middle East to bolster security in either Iraq or Syria at the request of the top American commander in Baghdad fighting ISIS, a U.S. defense official with knowledge of the order told Fox News.
“It is not immediately clear where the roughly 200 additional troops will end up. That decision will be made by Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top commander of the U.S.-led coalition charged with running the war against ISIS on the ground. The Pentagon was expected to provide more details on the deployment Monday.”
Army Lt. Gen. Shephen Townsend revealed:
“I don’t foresee us bringing in large numbers of coalition troops, mainly because what we’re doing is in fact working.”
ISIS Resistance, More Soldiers Needed
ABC News reports:
“This unit of the 82nd Airborne already has 1,700 soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait helping with the advise and assist mission for Iraqi troops. “The number of soldiers does not equate to the remainder of the brigade as had previously been surmised,” said Scrocca. News reports in recent weeks had said the Pentagon was considering sending possibly as many as 1,000 additional members from the brigade for the advise and assist mission in Mosul.
“The authorized troop cap for Iraq is 5,262 though the real number is probably 6,000 with the presence of additional troops on temporary assignment. These new troops won’t count towards the cap because they’re on temporary assignment.
Since February, the Iraqi military started to retake Western Mosul from ISIS in a 100-day battle that started in late October. ISIS fighters are now resisting as they hold various quarters in the western half of the city.