At a recent new briefing Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said Obama will decide soon whether to accept proposals to increase the number of ground troops in Iraq.
|Dunford claims that nominally 3,800 US troops are in Iraq now. However, this number does not cover those who are in Iraq only on a "temporary" basis. Pentagon officials concede that the actual number deployed is closer to 5,000. According to a U.S. diplomatic deal with Iraq, the US will maintain only a total of 3,870 troops in Iraq at any one time. However, the U.S. seems to be increasing the number of troops for the last few months without changing the deal or officially counting more.|
“We have a series of recommendations that we will be discussing with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces. The secretary and I both believe that there will be an increase to the U.S. forces in Iraq in the coming weeks but that decision hasn’t been made."The extra troops would help the Iraqi forces in a major offensive to be launched against the Islamic State to retake Mosul.