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Pentagon to Propose Boosting US Military Presence in Iraq

Pentagon to Propose Boosting US Military Presence in Iraq - AFP

The Pentagon will submit proposals to President Barack Obama for strengthening military support to Iraqi forces in the near future, a top US military official said Friday.

"We have a series of recommendations that we will discuss with the president in the coming weeks to further enable our support for the Iraqi security forces," said General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"(Defense Secretary Ashton Carter) and I both believe that there will be an increase in US forces in Iraq in coming weeks, but that decision hasn't been made," Dunford said Friday during a news conference at the Pentagon.

The recommendations will include ways that the US can "enable" Iraqi forces in their efforts to recapture the city of Mosul…

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