The U.S. military named a two-star army general to head up the team of U.S. military advisors sent to Iraq to assess, advise and assist to Iraqi military in its fight against the ISIL-led insurgents. (McClatchy DC, 26 June)
Army Major General Dana Pittard, currently deputy commanding general of operations for the 3rd Army, the army component of U.S. Central Command, will direct the work of the 300 military advisors being deployed to Iraq. Pittard will lead the newly activated “Joint Forces Land Component Command, Iraq.” About 180 of those advisors are now in Iraq, including 50 who arrived on Thursday, the Pentagon said.
File photo: Army Major General Dana Pittard (army.mil)