FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says Fort Bragg soldiers deploying to the Middle East will be tasked with helping deliver a fatal blow against the Islamic State group.
Carter visited Fort Bragg Wednesday and spoke to about 75 soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps set to deploy soon.
Hundreds of 18th Airborne soldiers will staff headquarters operations in Iraq as Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend takes over command of the American contingent of the coalition fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/2a244gX) another 300 Fort Bragg soldiers from a field artillery brigade are deploying next month to fight ISIS.
President Barack Obama ordering an additional 560 troops to support Iraqi forces in their offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIS.
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com