90 Additional US Military Advisers Arrive in Iraq

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by WCCB Charlotte

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ninety additional US military advisers are on the ground in Iraq.  Their arrival comes as the battle between Iraqi forces and the militant group ISIS intensifies.  Iraqi authorities insist they are holding on to a key oil refinery in Baiji.  New airstrikes reportedly killed 20 militants.  

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Iraq.  He says the country's leaders have to work together.  "They've realized that they cannot continue with this sectarian division," he said.  "So part of the new reality is yet to be fully defined as they form this new government."

The United Nations reports that more than a thousand people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Iraq this month.

About 100 members of the 145th Airlift Wing based in Charlotte will begin deploying Wednesday to help with Operation Enduring Freedom.  They will use C-130 Hercules planes to move troops and supplies.  The Air National Guard is not saying where the 145th is heading.

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