US Commanders Seek ‘Dramatically’ More Ground Troops in Iraq

Obama Said Reluctant to Back Any Major New Boosts

by Jason Ditz, June 22, 2016

From “no boots on the ground” in Iraq to 4,100 US troops officially there, and 5,000 there by most realistic estimates, the US has added a huge number of troops to the ISIS War in Iraq over the past two years. President Obama’s reluctance to see that buildup publicized has meant a lot of very small deployments, just adding up to a large on in aggregate.

Quoting Pentagon officials in the Washington Post, Josh Rogin suggests that the top commanders in Iraq, despite having just gotten a few hundred more troops not that long ago, are pushing hard for “dramatically” more ground troops to be sent to the country.

Gen. Daniel Allyn, the vice chief of the Army, openly complained about the White House caps on troop levels, saying the limits are forcing the military to outsource a lot of jobs to contracts and have “significant downside risks for the Army.”

Throughout this war, the military leadership has been pushing for more troops, and faster deployments, and increasingly they appear to be willing to publicly complain about Obama’s slow reaction. With the November elections looming, this could well turn the war into a major campaign issue.

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