Recently, U.S. troops have shifted focus in Iraq to assist the Iraqi military forces to combat “nearly-defeated” ISIS forces. As we all know, ISIS has become an insurgence force since the U.S. led anti-ISIS coalition. The U.S. forces have moved its 5,600 troops to Iraq to shift this mission.
“This coalition will assist our forces in Iraq to combat and make sure the last defeat of Daesh forces”, said Brig. Gen. Jonathan Braga, the coalition’s director of operations, speaking of the Arabic acronym for ISIS.
According to an estimate, ISIS has lost the power of its 98% territory in Iraq and Syria it once declared himself to be its caliphate. Still, there are few fighters in the eastern desert of Syria fighting against the Kurdish and Arab-forces. So, the enemy is still a sign of terror and capable of planning some terror attacks worldwide.
Well, the U.S. troops are making sure along with the coalition and permission of Iraq government that they will continue their training as well as an advisory presence in equipping all the controls against Daesh. They are more inclined towards border control, military capacity building, and making policy along with the training of the troops as well.
The U.S. military presence in Iraq will be according to the proportional need and in complete coordination with the Iraqi government. U.S. military cites released the official number of U.S. troops in Iraq to be approximately 5, 262. While the U.S military records made public last fall disclosed it to be 9,000 American troops to assist Iraq. The percentage may fall off but the U.S. has ensured its presence in Iraq to continue the mission.
The proof of this can be given as few airstrikes have already been conducted by U.S. Air Force in Iraq trying to establish a small training team in Iraq to assist Iraq Air Force to continue the mission.