The 1st Infantry Division was identified by the Department of Defense as the headquarter unit to deploy to the Central Command area of responsibility in Iraq, according to a Fort Riley press release. Nearly 500 soldiers from the division will deploy in October for a one-year mission.
Of the 500, approximately 200 troops will deploy to Baghdad and Irbil, Iraq. The soldiers will advise and assist the Iraqi security forces in their defense against ISIL, conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights and increase the U.S.’s capacity to target ISIL and coordinate U.S. military, according to the statement.
The 1st Infantry Division soldiers will replace service members who have been stationed in Iraq since June.