Fallujah. Ramadi. Haditha. Americans know the names of the cities and assets in Iraq’s Anbar Province well. Their liberation was paid for in American blood.
Those places have either fallen to or are currently besieged by the Islamic State. With Iraqi Security Forces seemingly unable to retake territory lost to ISIS, despite forestalling the group’s advance on Baghdad, the Pentagon is now considering submitting to President Barack Obama a plan that would recommend sending U.S. troops back to Anbar.
“U.S. advisers currently operate in areas around Baghdad and Irbil in the north of the country,” CNN reported. “The new proposal would put U.S. troops in the middle of some of the most violent situations in Iraq.”
U.S. officials maintain that Iraqi support for Sunni tribes going on the offensive against ISIS will be a necessary part in the effort to defeat the militants, who are also called ISIL and refer to themselves as the Islamic State.