U.S soldiers walked on a bridge in the northern Iraqi town of Gwer in late August. PHOTO: AZAD LASHKARI/REUTERS
FOX News: Pentagon Wants 500 More US Troops for Iraq Amid New Attacks
The Pentagon is seeking to send another 500 U.S. troops to Iraq, in addition to the 400 that arrived over the Labor Day weekend, two military officials tell Fox News -- a development that comes amid a new wave of attacks.
The Pentagon in July first received approval to raise the troop number in Iraq to 4,647, from a previous authorization of 3,870 in January.
If President Obama signs off on the military's plan for more troops, the number would rise above 5,000. There are other U.S. troops inside Iraq that the Pentagon claims are on "temporary" assignments, though some of these deployments last up to one year in country.
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