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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) — President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 additional U.S. military personnel to Iraq, according to a statement released by the White House on Friday.

The troops will serve in a non-combat role to train, advise and assist Iraqi security forces, including Kurdish forces, the statement said.

The White House also said this afternoon it will request $5.6 billion from Congress for “activities to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL — including military operations as part of Operation Inherent Resolve”.

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