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U.S. Close To Major Strategy Shift In Iraq

Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy, on May 26, 2015, in al-Nibaie area, north-west of Baghdad, during an operati
Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy, on May 26, 2015, in al-Nibaie area, north-west of Baghdad, during an operation aimed at cutting off Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city of Ramadi. Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi and launched the operation dubbed Labaik ya Hussein', which roughly translates as 'We are at your service, Hussein' and refers to one of the most revered imams in Shiite Islam. It will see a mix of security forces and paramilitaries move south towards the city from Salaheddin province, said Hashed al-Shaabi ('popular mobilisation' in Arabic) spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — In a major shift of strategy in Iraq, the Obama administration is planning to establish a new military base in Anbar Province and send hundreds of additional American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Ramadi and repel the Islamic State.

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