New Special Ops 'Targeting Force' Combatting ISIS May Have Fewer Than 100 Service Members

New Special Ops 'Targeting Force' Combatting ISIS May Have Fewer Than 100 Service MembersThe “Expeditionary Targeting Force” to combat ISIS, first announced by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Tuesday, will likely number less than 100, U.S. officials said today. The deployment of the force to Iraq will require raising the current authorized troop cap of 3,550 by 100 more personnel, U.S. military spokesman Col. Steve Warren told Pentagon reporters today, speaking from Baghdad. The majority the new Expeditionary Targeting Force will consist of enablers and other personnel who will support the “very small number” of “trigger-pullers,” Warren said, noting that the targeting force will conduct raids, focusing on high-value targets, flowing between both sides of the border between Iraq and Syria.

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