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US officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

9 months ago August 20, 2014 Aug 20, 2014 Wednesday, August 20 2014 Wednesday, August 20, 2014 11:57:37 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press
Topics : iraq troopers isis

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more American forces to Iraq mainly to provide additional security around Baghdad.

A senior U.S. official says the number of troops currently under discussion would be fewer than 300, but there has been no final decision yet by Pentagon leaders.

The talks come as American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday when Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

A U.S. official says the strikes came in the hours after militants released a gruesome video Tuesday showing U.S. journalist James Foley being beheaded.

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