Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dempsey:US Advisers May Fight with Iraqi Troops; Will Urge Obama Use Them Against ISIS If Needed

Gen. Martin Dempsey -- the military's top officer -- told a Senate panel today (September 16, 2014) that he will recommend having U.S. advisers fight with Iraqi troops against the militant ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) if the situation requires it, according to the USA Today website.

"To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIS targets, I will recommend that to the president," said Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. advisers could be called on to get closer to the fight, Dempsey said, if Iraqi security forces undertake a complex operation such as retaking the city of Mosul.

Dempsey said that if needed, he will recommend to President Obama that they be deployed. Obama has ruled them out for now, he added.

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