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Mission Creeps on as US Announces More Boots on the Ground in Middle East

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Marking the next phase of mission creep, the United States is deploying more special operations forces to Iraq, where they will be given license to operate unilaterally in neighboring Syria, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday.  Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee, Carter referred to the deployment as a 'specialized expeditionary targeting force' aimed at providing assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga troops engaged in combat with ISIS, also referred to as the Islamic State and Daesh.  The deployment will constitute a 'standing force,' meaning the commandos will be headquartered in Iraq, said Carter. What's more, additional deployments will likely follow, or as Carter put it: 'There will be more.'

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Natylie Baldwin is author of The View from Moscow: Understanding Russia and U.S.-Russia Relations available in e-book and print. She has traveled throughout western Russia since 2015 and has written several articles based on her conversations and interviews with a cross-section of Russians. She blogs at  (more...)
 

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