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Old 17-03-2017, 16:48   #3519   link
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On Thursday, Trump laid out plans for a military buildup in his first budget request, while asking Congress for $30 billion in extra funds for the military this year. That would include money to "accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria," he wrote in his message to Congress.

The acceleration is already underway.

In recent weeks the Pentagon, at the request of Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top commander in Baghdad, has quietly inserted hundreds of conventional troops into Syria to aid preparations to retake Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate.

They join at least 500 American troops already inside Syria and more than 5,000 American military advisers, trainers and attack helicopter crews in Iraq, where Iraqi forces are waging an intense fight to retake the northern city of Mosul.

The moves mark an escalation in the three-year-old campaign to dislodge the Islamic State from large swaths of its territory.

The Pentagon is also considering sending several thousands of additional troops to Kuwait as what one military official with direct knowledge described as a "reserve" force for the anti-ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria. And a stepped-up U.S. bombing campaign in recent weeks against al Qaeda in Yemen is raising further questions about deeper involvement in that country's civil war, while the commander in Afghanistan recently telegraphed that he will seek more forces — on top of 8,400 already there — to beat back a Taliban resurgence.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...p-trump-236156
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