Joints Chief Chairman Joseph Dunford Visits Iraq for Counterterrorism Talks

Joseph Dunford
Joseph Dunford

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad Wednesday to meet with other U.S., Iraqi and coalition military officials there and discuss ongoing efforts against the Islamic State militant group, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Jim Garamone writes armed forces from the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and 13 other countries help train Iraqi, Syrian and Peshmerga soldiers to fight Islamic State terrorists.

The report said more than 3,000 fighters are being trained across Iraq.

U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve campaign, told a press briefing Wednesday that Iraqi troops have worked to free the cities of Beiji, Ramadi and Hit from the militants.

Dunford’s visit to Baghdad comes as the Defense Department plans to deploy additional U.S. military personnel in the Iraq to support the anti-Islamic State fight.

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