As part of the US government’s “War on Terror,” American troops are being deployed to the Middle Eastern and African theaters.
In a recent report, the Department of Defense said that between September and December, nearly 9,500 US soldiers had deployed to a range of Middle Eastern countries, including Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
The troops have also been sent to African countries like Djibouti and Ghana.
The report, which was conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of Military Assistance, also stated that in a recent mission to Afghanistan, US soldiers assisted in the recovery of three Iraqi civilians who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
According to the report, this was the first time that US soldiers were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to assist with post-war reconstruction efforts.
The soldiers are being sent to Iraq to assist the country’s reconstruction efforts following the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the ongoing violence that has rocked the country ever since.
In the report released on December 9, 2017, the US military noted that the number of Americans who had returned to the United States following their deployment to Iraq was about 20,000.
The military reported that the soldiers had been deployed to support efforts to support Iraq’s recovery efforts after the attacks of 9/11, which left nearly 3,000 US troops dead and over 8,000 wounded.
The United States has deployed over 2.2 million troops to the war-torn country since the start of the conflict in 2011.
The deployment of troops to Iraq is part of a broader strategy to build a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient Middle East.
“We are doing everything we can to support the reconstruction effort,” Army Col. Jeffrey Harwell, the commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, told reporters during a press conference in Washington, DC.
“That’s the only way that we are going to have any success in this war on terror,” he added.
The Pentagon’s report stated that more than one-third of the troops in Iraq have PTSD.
The US military has already begun working with veterans in the United Kingdom and Afghanistan, who have been exposed to some of the same conditions the troops are fighting in Iraq and Syria.
In Afghanistan, the United Nations reported that over 5,000 civilians and soldiers have been killed by the Taliban, a group that has been responsible for more than 30,000 civilian casualties.
In Syria, a US-backed group known as the Free Syrian Army has been fighting alongside the Islamic State (ISIS) group, which has been using the conflict as a pretext to advance its territorial expansion.
According the report by the US Army, the Iraqi Army has received training and equipment from the US, but the US has yet to officially declare the coalition’s role in the war in Syria.
The Obama administration has been attempting to shift the blame for the ongoing war in Iraq to the Islamic extremists and has been pushing for US military involvement in the conflict.
President Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to focus the US in the ongoing fight against ISIS.
In December, he said that the United State was “going to be in a lot of trouble if we don’t do it.”
However, a recent poll conducted by The Washington Post and NBC News found that more Americans believe that the US should be involved in the fighting against ISIS than the other way around.
According a poll conducted in November, 78 percent of Americans said the United Sates should be directly involved in fighting ISIS, compared to only 11 percent who said the same about supporting the Iraqi government.
“It’s very easy to say the United states has to go to Iraq, but we don.
We don’t,” former Republican Congressman Steve Scalise said in November.
“The reality is, we’ve got to help the Iraqis, but that’s the same thing.
We’ve got a military that’s not going to go there,” he continued.
“If the Iraqis are not going there, it’s not a good military.
And we have to do everything we possibly can to keep the pressure on.”
US troops will be sent to Afghanistan as part of an international coalition that has already launched airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.