More US Troops Headed to Iraq, Will Deploy Near Mosul

400 Troops Will Deploy From Fort Campbell

Adding to the ever-growing number of US ground troops in the “no boots on the ground” war in Iraq, Army officials announced yet another significant deployment from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, from which some 400 troops will be sent to Qayara, just south of Mosul.

The idea is that the troops will be part of the logistics effort to prop up the Iraqi military in Nineveh Province, with an eye toward them eventually attacking Mosul, though there is no timeline for when such an offensive will begin, and Pentagon officials have gone on record doubting Iraq’s military is anywhere near ready for such an attack.

Officials at Fort Campbell say the troops were part of a “Strike Ready Force” which had been pre-trained and prepared to go to Iraq “at a moment’s notice,” suggesting that the continued escalation of the US ground force in Iraq is being planned well ahead of actually announced deployments.

Last month, President Obama raised the “cap” on the number of ground troops in Iraq to 4,647. This cap has become something of a running joke, as the Pentagon has repeatedly admitted to having well more troops than that. Most recent estimates have over 6,000 US ground troops in Iraq already, before this new deployment. The Pentagon has argued that only “permanent” troops count toward the cap, and that open-ended deployments that aren’t officially labeled permanent let them send more or less unlimited troops into Iraq without “violating the cap.”

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  • TellTheTruth-2

    Why did the US invade Iraq to start with? Oh, I almost forgot .. The Greater Israel Project. Yep, Cindy Sheehan was right: Her son died for Israel.

  • curmudgeonvt

    “…US ground force in Iraq is being planned well ahead of actually announced deployments.”

    Well, of course it is. Look at the map. The problem is they have to gain Mosul from ISIS and once done Mosul becomes the staging area for the “no boots on the ground” invasion of Syria. No one can seriously believe that given all the effort and not to mention money expended on the “regime change” being performed on Syria that they are going to just walk away and given the increase in effort there is a sense of urgency evident in the activity.

    • TellTheTruth-2

      The Iraq war was started based on lies and continues based on lies.

  • Tim Hadfield

    Al Sadr is the only hope the Iraquis have of getting their country back from under American rule.