That Seems To Be an Awful Lot of Boots NOT “On The Ground”

Operation Unified Response

About 1,000 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq in late January, the Defense Department announced Friday.

The soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team will train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby during a briefing Friday.

The paratroopers are preparing to deploy for a nine-month tour.

An additional 300 troops from all the services, most of them enablers, also will deploy soon, Kirby said.

The deployment of these 1,300 troops is part of a 1,500-troop increase authorized in November by President Obama as the U.S. expands its fight against the Islamic State.

There are about 1,600 troops in Iraq now, including the 1st Infantry Division headquarters.

There have been earlier and un-announced false starts with troops slated for more direct roles in Iraq, lets just hope this is another one, but since it is announced, I’m pretty sure they are going. I’m about as resistant to spending time and money training Iraqi troops at this point as I could be. Training them any more is not going to make any difference and putting any American troops in the Iraqi theatre seems to be an utter waste. Let the Iraqi cowards die and the Kurds fight for as much real estate as they can occupy and defend, but the Iraqis should get nothing.

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  • Grumbleguts

    All due respect, but is that the way that a shotgun is carried? It looks as if the barrel is dragging on the ground!!

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      …pistol grips are not the way to go…only reason they exist is to get a shotgun into the front seat of a squad car…very hard on the wrist to shoot…

      • minuteman

        Seems like a particularly useless weapon, I have no idea why a soldier would be toting one.

        • Raymond Hietapakka

          …very devastating weapon at close range…the Germs in WW1 wanted them banned as an inhumane device…imagine 8-10 pistol-sized balls headed your way every bang, 8 times in five seconds…80 slugs. Blow a hole in you so big, you could throw a cat thru it. Also used as a door and lock breaching tool, when loaded with frangible zinc powder rounds.

          • minuteman

            I meant specifically a shotgun with a pistol grip and no shoulder stock.

          • winniec

            For houseclearing, I bet. Very effective, as noted.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            A 12 gauge key opens most locks.
            They are used for door breaching.

        • Dave

          Wasn’t it Biden’s recommendation?

  • minuteman

    There is not much point in deploying a divisional HQ unless you intend t deploy the division.

  • The Goat

    Don’t worry, it’s only a war or invasion when a Republican is president.