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Op-Ed: US deadline to withdraw transiting troops from Iraq is 4 weeks

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper was in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on Wednesday where he met with top Iraq officials. No doubt the talks involved damage control after the US deployed troops from Syria into western Iraq without asking Iraq's permission.

US troops redeployed from Syria to Iraq cannot remain there

Just a few days after the US announced that US troops from Syria were being redeployed to western Iraq US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that instead the troops will be returning to the US after all.

US to deploy 700 troops from Syria into western Iraq

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says that the current US plan is to send all US troops leaving Syria to be redeployed into the western part of Iraq to engage in anti-ISIS operations.

U.S. to send hundreds more troops to Iraq

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that some 600 additional troops will be sent to Iraq prior to a major offensive against the city of Mosul held by the Islamic State.

Obama says U.S. will stay in Iraq over the longer term

Baghdad - At a press conference during his visit to Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama said the U.S. will continue its presence in Iraq over the longer term. He cited the country's political instability as showing that the U.S. needs to remain involved.

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq

Baghdad - The United States is to send more troops to Iraq. The troops will be put closer to the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State.

Obama administration may send more troops to Iraq

Baghdad - 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.

Op-Ed: Kurdish capture of Sinjar from Islamic State creates new problems

Sinjar - Kurdish forces with U.S.-backed air strikes have driven Islamic State fighters out of the city of Sinjar, home to the Yazidi minority group. However, the victory also exacerbates tensions between Iraqi Kurdistan and the central Iraqi government

More U.S. troops and equipment to Iraq but no 'mission creep'

Baghdad - While the Pentagon insists that there is no mission creep in Iraq and that those already present are limited to "advisory" operations, the Obama administration continues to send more equipment and more personnel to Iraq.

Op-Ed: US F-16 delivery delayed while Russian Su-25s arrive in Iraq

Baghdad - Iraq ordered 34 F-16 fighter jets from the US back in 2011. Not one has yet arrived and now delivery is again delayed due to security conditions according to the Pentagon.

U.S. ups involvement in Iraq with drones and more troops

Baghdad - Armed U.S. Predator are reported to be flying over Baghdad as the number of US advisers and troops on the ground continues to grow.

U.S. and Iran are allies in Iraq

Baghdad - While the U.S. and Iran usually disagree as on Iran's nuclear program and policy on Syria, on the issue of the (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) ISIL the two countries are allies.

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