New top U.S. general Joseph Dunford said on Tuesday he would recommend embedding some of U.S. troops with Iraqi forces if such a tactic would bolster the currently stalled U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State extremist group.
Joseph Dunford made the remarks during a congressional hearing.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) JOSEPH DUNFORD, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
“If it had an operational or strategic impact and we could reinforce success, that would be the basic framework within which I’d make a recommendation for additional forces to be co-located with Iraqi units.”
Previous local reports cited U.S. defense officials who spoke on condition of acronym as saying that embedded U.S. troops would in charge of calling in U.S. airstrikes, a step that would bring U.S. troops to the front line.
Around 3,500 U.S. personnel were currently involved in training Iraqi security forces at six locations around Iraq.