The Pentagon announced the deployment of three more Army units to Iraq and Afghanistan Wednesday, as part of the upcoming rotation of forces scheduled for late summer and early fall.
Approximately 1,250 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Drum, New York, will deploy to Iraq, where there are approximately 3,500 U.S. troops stationed.
Meanwhile about 300 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division also stationed at Fort Drum and 1,000 soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, will deploy to Afghanistan.
The Pentagon also confirmed Wednesday that the U.S. conducted the first drone strike from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey against ISIS Tuesday after Turkey allowed the U.S. greater access to the base in July.
Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis declined to give specifics of the target, but confirmed to reporters the strike was against ISIS and in defense of the New Syrian Force – a 55-man force trained and sent into Syria last month by the U.S.