Obama to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq as campaign expands

U.S. President Obama speaks as Secretary of Defense Hagel listens before the start of a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House in WashingtonBy Phil Stewart and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has approved sending up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq, roughly doubling the number of U.S. forces on the ground helping Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the militant group Islamic State, U.S. officials said on Friday. Obama’s decision greatly expands the scope of the U.S. campaign and the geographic distribution of American forces, some of whom will head into Iraq’s fiercely contested western Anbar province for the first time to act as advisers. …

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