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US sends 130 additional military advisers to Iraq

CCTV.com

08-13-2014 10:45 BJT

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has confirmed that the United States has sent more military advisers to Iraq’s Kurdistan. This is part of Washington’s efforts to help Iraq contain the threat posed by hardline militants from the Islamic State Sunni insurgent group. 

"I recommended to the president, and the president has authorized me, to go ahead and send about 130 new assessment team members up to northern Iraq in the Arbil area to take a closer look and give a more in-depth assessment of where we can continue to help the Iraqis with what they’re doing, and the threats they are now dealing with." Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary, Said.

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