More U.S. troops headed to Iraq

(CNN) — More troops are headed into Iraq to fight against the terror group ISIS.

The White House announced Friday that an additional 1,500 U.S. soldiers will be sent to Iraq.

The U.S. already has about 1,700 boots on the ground, so this new number nearly doubles that.

It is important to note that, like the other troops,these new troops wouldn’t be in a combat capacity. They would be there to train the Kurdish and Iraqi security forces.

The Pentagon says these new troops will operate from bases outside of Baghdad and Erbil.

In september of this year, the President announced a broad campaign against ISIS after two American journalists were held captive by the terrorist group and then beheaded. Announcing the escalation of the U.S. military role then, President Obama said the objective is to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS.

At the White House on Friday, the President sat down with Congressional leaders, and the battle against ISIS was reportedly one of the topics that was discussed.

The new addition of troops will come with a big price tag — the President will ask Congress for another $5.6 billion dollars, $1.6 billion of that would be to establish a fund to develop and support the Iraqi and Kurdish security forces as they gear up to mount their counter offensive against ISIS.

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