Dempsey: More U.S. troops not needed in Iraq


BAGHDAD (Tribune News Service) — An Iraqi military operation to retake the key Sunni city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants is gaining momentum, the top U.S. military officer said Saturday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said his senior field commanders here do not require additional U.S. forces or the need to deploy advisers in the field with Iraq’s combat forces for the offensive to succeed. “I asked the senior leaders point blank: ‘Are we at the point where, in order to make sure this mission succeeds, that we need to be here in greater numbers and go farther forward?'” Dempsey told reporters…

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