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Iraq Says No Thanks to Additional U.S. Troops, Helicopters

Military Times reports that “Defense Secretary Ash Carter traveled to Iraq’s capital Wednesday with an offer to deploy more American troops and new attack helicopters to help the Iraqi army defeat the Islamic State group.”  

“But for now, at least, the Iraqis are passing up that offer.”  

“Specifically, Carter said the U.S. is willing to provide Iraqi army units with close-air support via Apache attack helicopters and also to expand the advise-and-assist mission to include combat advisers at the brigade level. The current mission limits such American advisers to division and headquarters levels.”

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