U.S. to make army division headquarters in Iraq amid expanding operations against IS
U.S. Soldiers listen to U.S. President Obama during a visit on September 17, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. The U.S. is expected to announce the deployment of a division headquarters to Iraq in the next few days (Joe Raedele/ Getty Images North America/ AFP).
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For the first time since the U.S. withdrew from Iraq in 2011 the U.S. Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
The move comes as the U.S. is expanding the war against the Islamic State -- also known as ISIS or ISIL.
An official announcement is expected in the next few days.
Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno has said the Army "will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we're doing there, a small headquarters."
The division headquarters being sent to Iraq is expected to be responsible for coordinating the 1,600 troops President Obama has sent there.
Many of those troops will be assisting with Iraqi Security Forces, others are providing intelligence and security.