Attacks on Marine firebase reveal secret US escalation in Iraq

Patrick Martin
World Socialist Web Site

Two attacks on a US firebase in northern Iraq, which killed one US Marine and wounded several more, have led to revelations about a substantial escalation of the US military intervention in the war against Daesh (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – ISIS). Pentagon has deployed more than 5,000 soldiers in Iraq, some 20 percent more than the current “cap” of 3,870 troops publicly announced by the Obama White House.

The revelations of additional US forces came after ISIS attacked a Marine Corps position in Makhmour, about 70 miles south of Mosul.

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