By John Lee.
US President Barack Obama is reportedly preparing to approve the deployment of up to 500 additional US troops to Iraq to train up local forces fighting the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL).
Unnamed US officials were quoted as saying that a new training base may also be set up in Anbar.
The plan would see US troop levels in Iraq rise from their current 3,000 to around 3,500.
(Sources: BBC News, The Telegraph)
(Picture: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq hold a bilateral meeting at the United Nations in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)