U.S. Military Considering More Anbar-style Hubs in Iraq

The United States is considering replicating the creation of a new U.S. military hub in Anbar elsewhere in Iraq as the campaign against Islamic State advances General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of reporters before landing in Naples, Italy,"It's another one of the options that we're considering," He acknowledged that the option might require more troops. Dempsey said examination of such a possibility was "just part of prudent planning." His comments came a day after President Obama ordered the deployment of 450 additional U.S. troops to Iraq as the United States establishes a hub in the Sunni heartland to advise and assist Iraqi forces seeking to retake territory lost to Islamic State.