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U.S officials may send more advisors to Iraq

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Posted: Aug 12, 2014 4:19 PM by Caroline McDougall
Updated: Aug 12, 2014 4:19 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Pentagon, U.S. defense, U.S. military, advisers, Iraq, Kurdish forces, Islamic extremist

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq, according to a senior U.S. defense official.

The additional advisers would help decide any future U.S. military action based off of the Kurdish force reaction on airstrikes targeted on Islamic extremist fighters.

There are already 250 military advisors in place appointed by the Pentagon. 90 of which conduct studies of the strength of the Islamic State militant group's fighters and the Iraqi government forces, and 160 advise the Iraqi military forces on military operations.

No decisions are confirmed on the addition of the advisor team.

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