WASHINGTON — On “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer, U.S. President Obama said American troops will not be in a combat role.
CBS News reported the Obama administration just sent over about 1,500 more American troops to Iraq to help stop ISIS, a terrorist group known as the Islamic State or IS.
Obama said this move “signals a new phase” in fighting the terrorist threat in the Middle East, which group has taken parts of territory in Iraq, Syria and encroaching on Turkey and U.S. allies in Kurdistan.
He told Schieffer, “Rather than just try to halt ISIL’s momentum, we’re now in a position to start going on some offense. The airstrikes have been very effective in degrading ISIL’s capabilities and slowing the advance that they were making. Now what we need is ground troops, Iraqi ground troops, that can start pushing them back.” He continued, “What hasn’t changed is our troops are not going to be engaged in combat.”
The additional 1,500 troops will work to train coalition members in Iraq to help beat back ISIS. The U.S. will provide air support when the Iraqi soldiers push the terrorists back from their recently-gained territory.