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US sends 130 additional military advisers to Iraq


08-13-2014 19:21 BJT

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has confirmed that the United States has sent 130 more military advisers to Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The move is part of Washington’s efforts to help Iraq contain the threat posed by hard line Sunni militants from the Islamic State 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 Erbil 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." said Chuck Hagel, US Defense Secretary.

Hagel said the US troops in northern Iraq are on a temporary mission and insisted that it was not a combat operation. The team will work with representatives of the State Department and the US Agency for International Development to coordinate with international partners and non-governmental organizations to help trapped members of the minority Yazidi community on Sinjar Mountain. 

Since June, the United States has sent about 700 military personnel to Iraq to protect U.S. diplomats there and take stock of Iraq’s military capability. The United States has also said it would consider more aid to the new Iraqi government. 

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