No U.S. Combat Troops in Anbar

Recent news reports alleging that 200 U.S. combat troops have arrived at Al-Asad Air Base are simply untrue. U.S.-led Coalition forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, conducting advise-and-assist and training activities. Any claim that there has been an increase in the number of U.S. forces in Iraq or that they are involved in ground combat operations are false. The U.S.-led coalition remains committed to working with its Iraqi partners in operations to degrade and destroy Da’esh both in Anbar province and throughout Iraq.