29 Sep '16, 8pm

The U.S. military is still whacking moles in Iraq's Anbar Province

The fight against the Islamic State group is far from over in Iraq's Anbar province. The extremist group still controls the Euphrates River Valley west of Haditha up to the Syrian border. Almost every day the American-led coalition's airstrikes hit Islamic State targets in Ramadi, the provincial capital. And the ongoing fight is now prompting the U.S. military to boost capacity at western Iraq’s primary airfield, al Asad Air Base. The U.S. military disclosed this week plans to send more U.S. troops to al Asad and to install an “instrument landing system” that will for the first time in years allow for 24-hour flight operations. The system's radio signals allow pilots to land in poor-visibility conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather. “The capabilities that are being brought in there now are going to make sure that we have the ability to keep the lid on the [Islamic St...

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