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November 7th, 2014
06:51 PM ET

Why are 1,500 more troops needed in Iraq?

(CNN) – President Barack Obama is sending up to 1,500 more soldiers to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS, in a deployment that would almost double the total number of American troops there to 2,900.

In the video above, CNN military analyst Maj. Gen. James Marks (Ret.) explains why more troops are needed now.

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