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    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?

    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? - The Daily Beast

    ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.

    Stuck out in the open with no clear sense of what was occurring in the battle that required us to be stopped, we made contact with high-level Peshmerga ministries, both in Erbil and on the ground in Zumar. “Yes, we want to let you in, but we can’t,” said one high-level Kurdish government official. “We have visitors, you’ll see them,” he stated. As we tried to decipher his cryptic response our answer came: multiple armored Toyotas swept down the mountain, passing within feet of us. The Toyotas were packed with what appeared to be bearded Western Special Operations Forces. I watched the trucks pass and saw for myself the crews inside them. They didn’t wear any identifying insignia but they were visibly Western and appeared to match all the visual characteristics of American special operations soldiers.
    Probably not news to most of us that follow foreign policy closely. We have Special Forces troops almost everywhere. Couple that with our CIA operatives and other intelligence agents in the field, and it's not surprising the U.S. has been spotted in some capacity. Interesting read nonetheless.
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    Re: Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?

    Institute for the Study of War Iraq Updates: Control of Terrain in Iraq: September 2, 2014

    Here's the latest ISW look at what groups control which areas as of today, for anyone curious/wanting some more context.
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    Re: Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?

    SOF can be anywhere and everywhere. That's what we are for.
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    Re: Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq?

    Impossible. Obama said HE...errr George Bush removed all the troops from Iraq. .
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