First teams of U.S. military advisers sent to Iraq
Shiite volunteers have formed brigades within the past week to support the Iraqi army in its fight against Sunni militants (Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP)
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The Pentagon reported Tuesday that the first teams of U.S. military advisers have been deployed to Iraq, according to Agence France Presse.
U.S. Admiral John Kirby told AFP and other reporters that we have begun to deploy initial assessment teams" and about 40 troops "have started their new mission."
The U.S. promised to deploy up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Baghdad in order to help the Iraqi government and army battle against the growing Sunni militant insurgency that has left more than 1,000 people dead in less than three weeks.
While U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged no to resend troops back to Iraq, the Washington leader did indicate that the U.S. was ready to provide "precise" and "targeted" support to Baghdad last week.
Sunni militants, led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have taken over control of areas in at least five of Iraq's provinces, as well as the Iraq-Syria border crossings within the past three weeks.