President Obama began the week saying, "We don't yet have a complete strategy" against ISIS. All he could say was that the Pentagon is working on a plan. That plan has suddenly become available to share how the White House plans to deal with the growing threat of the Islamic terrorist organization: send in the troops!
Up to 450 troops, to be exact. Press secretary Josh Earnest announced:
In furtherance of his comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy the ISIL terrorist group, President Obama has approved additional actions to enhance the implementation of the counter-ISIL campaign.
To improve the capabilities and effectiveness of partners on the ground, the President authorized the deployment of up to 450 additional U.S. military personnel to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces at Taqaddum military base in eastern Anbar province. The President made this decision after a request from Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and upon the recommendation of Secretary Carter and Chairman Dempsey, and with the unanimous support of his national security team. These new advisors will work to build capacity of Iraqi forces, including local tribal fighters, to improve their ability to plan, lead, and conduct operations against ISIL in eastern Anbar under the command of the Prime Minister. This effort will complement the efforts of U.S. and coalition trainers at the four previously-established training sites in Al-Asad, Besmaya, Erbil, and Taji, where over 9,000 Iraqi troops have already been trained, with an additional 3,000 currently in training. These additional U.S. troops will not serve in a combat role and will augment the 3,100 U.S. troops who have already deployed to Iraq.
Earnest is calling this a "train, advise, and assist mission." With these additional efforts, the Obama administration hopes to counter ISIS globally and protect the U.S. homeland.
Though it's only 450 troops, this announcement flies in the face of Obama's continual promise of "no boots on the ground." Apparently Obama has been listening to military officials who have said there is no other way to defeat ISIS.
TruthRevolt reported that ISIS now has enough radioactive material to build a dirty bomb; another indication that they have no intentions of going away quietly.