President Obama authorized the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 troops to join forces with middle eastern militant groups to combat the Islamic State Group.
The Defense Department said the troops will train, advise and assist Iraqi militant and Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in coming months. American military advisers will establish military training sites across Iraq while simultaneously adding to the “significant expansion of the American military campaign against the Sunni militant group in Iraq and Syria,” according to the New York Times.
The White House Budget Office said it would ask Congress for $5.6 billion for overseas contingency operations, including $1.6 billion to train and equip Iraqi troops on Friday.
Based on the request of the Iraqi government, Secretary Hagel made this recommendation to President Obama saying “U.S. Central Command’s assessment of Iraqi units, the progress Iraqi security forces have made in the field and in concert with the development of a coalition campaign plan to defend key areas and go on the offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” according to the statement in the Pentagon.