How the Pentagon Plans to Use a Thinned-Out Us Presence in Iraq

Testifying before Congress today, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford said the Pentagon's proposed 2020 budget will support an “enduring presence” of U.S. troops in Iraq that's “slightly less than the forces that are on the ground right now.”

Why it matters: The comments from Marine Gen. Dunford, the US military's top officer, indicate the US plans to let Iraqi forces carry a larger load in the future as they clean up the remnants of the Islamic State (IS), which appears set to morph into an insurgency.

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