The garrison is set to be deployed, but are we fully prepared? “No!” would be the answer of many people. There are still a number of questions that need to be answered before this important event can happen. To make sure all bases are covered, here are some things you should know about the deployment so far:
1) What will happen once the garrison is deployed? The United States military will have a new base in Iraq with 10,000 troops and civilians stationed there. This base will serve as an embassy for US forces in Iraq as well as logistical support center for Iraqi security forces and US allies against ISIS and other terrorist groups operating in the country. It’s hard to say what else these troops might be doing, but the United States government has not made any announcements about future plans for them.
What are their current duties? Currently, US troops in Iraq are stationed at joint operations centers with Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga to provide training and advice on equipment usage. The Pentagon reported that over 1600 coalition airstrikes helped destroy 150 enemy fighting positions, 2000 vehicles belonging to ISIS fighters, as well as more than 500 buildings or other structures they were using.
Why now? President Barack Obama announced this plan last year after it was determined by military officials that there would be no significant progress against ISIS without a stronger presence of US ground troops in Iraq. This is also an effort of containment so that Islamic State cannot expand into nearby countries like Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Why are we going to Iraq? The garrison is set to be deployed, but are we fully prepared? ISIS has conquered a great deal of territory in the region including parts of major Iraqi cities like Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah. They control large swaths of land in Syria as well. US troops will now help train local forces on how to fight back against ISIS militants with training programs that offer skills such as building improvised explosive devices (IED)s for detection or planting bombs and mines using IEDs among other courses they are expected take part in – these would include basic infantry tactics, urban combat maneuvers, weapons use etcetera.
What kind of advice can our soldiers give Iraqis about fighting ISIS?
What are some of the challenges that US troops will face now in Iraq after years of combat operations being over?
How has ISIS been able to take control so easily and why are they not fighting back as much against the militants as before?
What can be done to make sure these new boots on the ground don’t exacerbate tensions with communities, already weary from a grueling conflict laden with sectarian violence. We need to keep our thoughts local because this is going to happen – if we think about it for just one second, we know how power changes hands very quickly when there are no proper measures put into place. The Iraqi government cannot handle such an onslaught by themselves without any help whatsoever. Let’s hope that they are able to do so, but the villagers are not taking chances.
The Iraqi military has been weakened by years of low oil prices and sectarian conflict, leaving it unable to protect itself from ISIS or other insurgent groups
US troops will face now in Iraq after years of combat operations being over? How has ISIS been able to take control so easily and why are they not fighting back as much against the militants as before? What can be done to make sure these new boots on the ground don’t exacerbate tensions with communities, already weary from a grueling conflict laden with sectarian violence. We need to keep our thoughts local because this is going to happen – if we think about it for just one second, we know how much ISIS is really going to suffer.
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What are some signs and symptoms of PTSD for soldiers who may have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, but now live back in America? Some people feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings and others experience flashbacks or nightmares about traumatic events that happened during deployment. It’s also possible for those with PTSD to be constantly on edge, irrationally angry, or unable to sleep well at night. This can lead them into substance abuse or even suicide attempts as they cope with these intense feelings in unhealthy ways.”