Fil-Am solider reacts to 1,500 troop surge in Iraq

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

November 11, 2014

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – As President Obama authorized the deployment of an additional 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight ISIS troops back here in the states are gearing up.

Among them is Filipino American Army Sergeant Noel Vallero, who says he’s ready to go back to the Middle East to once again fight terrorism.

“I’m definitely ready to deploy if need be and I’m ready to do my job if they need me out there,” said Vallero.

The president said that these U.S. military personnel will not engage in combat operations.

The military advisors plan to be deployed to al Anbar province where ISIS controls much of the area.

Vallero says that airstrikes are not enough and that U.S. troops on the ground will be necessary to defeat ISIS.

“The more boots on the ground, the more information we could get,” said Vallero. “And the more information we get, it’s going to be beneficial for the next plan of action to complete the mission.”

Despite the reports of ISIS continuing to slaughter people in their path, the U.S. stated that airstrikes have been successful in gradually destroying ISIS.

“The coalition aircraft conducted a series of air strikes November 7th in Iraq destroying a vehicle convoy consisting of 10 ISIL armed trucks,” said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki. “It clearly demonstrates that we’re continuing to keep the pressure on. We’re continuing to target and go after the ISIL terrorist network.”

Along with the troop surge, the White House said in a statement that it will ask Congress for an additional $5.6 billion to fund the on-going fight against ISIS.

The budget request will be one of the first tests for Obama and the majority of republican congressional leaders following the outcome of the midterm elections.

Vallero knows that the defeat of ISIS may take time but he says that the Obama administration is using the right strategy against the terror organization.

“I’m 100 percent confident in the U.S. and its allies’ plan to defeat ISIS and I feel that we will complete the mission even if it’s going to be for the long run,” said Vallero.

U.S. officials are awaiting confirmation of the death or injury of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in coalition airstrikes over the weekend.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @rommelconclara for more information.

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  • Mario
    12 November 2014 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Obama and the Democrat will always be blamed for this blunder in withdrawing American troops from Iraq, we are back from square one,in my opinion this will be a 10-15 yrs war, this costly war will drain US economy.

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