The United States Army announced two new deployments for around 600 soldiers to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan on Wednesday. Four hundred soldiers from the 1st Armored Division headquarters at Fort Bliss, Texas are slated to augment forces engaged in Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. Once there, the 1st Armored Division headquarters will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq, replacing the existing 1st Infantry Division Headquarters.
Their responsibility will be to serve as mission command for all coalition troops in Iraq, and support efforts to advise, assist, and to train Iraqi Security Forces.
“America’s tank division is highly trained and ready for this important mission,” said Major General Pat White, commanding general of 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. “We are proud to work alongside our Iraqi allies and coalition partners to continue the fight against ISIS. I’m also extremely impressed by the commitment and sacrifice of our military families. It is their stalwart support and resilience that gives us the strength to serve.”
The United States has recently increased the number of troops in Iraq to assist Iraqi Security Forces in the fierce fighting for Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city and last remaining urban stronghold for ISIS in the nation. Earlier announcements this week include the addition of 300 soldiers from the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division, intended to help oust the last remnants of the terrorist organization in Mosul.