As the war against ISIS continues on, what will be the role of U.S. Military personnel amidst an uncertain future?
Back in November of 2014, the Pentagon warned Congress that ground activities might expand as the war wages on. For now, military personnel has been confined to the four training bases, limited to advising local commanders.
The Washington Post expects that U.S. Troops in Iraq will grow to around 3,000, up from just under 2,000 now.
Airstrikes have been the main use of force against ISIS, striking the Syrian cities of Kobani, Raqqa and Hasakah in this past week.
In Iraq, U.S. Generals are expecting the Islamic State to push toward the capital of Baghdad. The security of U.S. training sites has been increased to minimize the risks of attack in the surrounding area.
The United Nations has determined that violence in Iraq has killed at least 12,282 civilians in 2014. Since the rise of ISIS in June, nearly 8,500 people have died, making it the bloodiest year in Iraq since 2006.
ISIS still controls around a third of the territory of Iraq.