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Expanded US role in Iraq? Not without Congress' OK

Created: 11/08/2014 3:52 AM WNYT.com
By: LOLITA C. BALDOR

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new $5.6 billion plan to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq and send up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation awaits members of Congress when they return to Capitol Hill next week.

Obama authorized deployment of advisory teams and trainers to bolster struggling Iraqi forces across the country, including to Anbar province where fighting against Islamic State militants has been fierce.

But the deployments hinge on whether Obama can get the money approved in Congress' lame-duck session.

Obama's plan would boost the total number of American troops in Iraq to 3,100. Currently about 1,400 U.S. troops are there, out of the 1,600 previously authorized.

The Iraqi government has called for troops in western Iraq, where extremists have slaughtered men, women and children.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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