It’s called “mission creep” and military professionals recognize it and call it for what it is long before the government informs civilians or the media covers the story.

This week twenty-five U.S. Marines joined their comrades in Baghdad on a “security” mission pursuant to a request from the State Department.

The deployment comes less than a month after 200 troops were sent to supplement the force already in place in Iraq to “allow U.S. advisers to move closer to the front lines,” according to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis.

The Pentagon and State Department have refused to disclose the exact number of security forces already in place there, but the Military Times website states, “Currently, the U.S. force level in Iraq is officially capped at 3,870. But privately, defense officials say the real number is closer to 5,000 when accounting for troops considered to be there on “temporary” deployment.””

American involvement in Southeast Asia began with a few hundred “advisers” being sent to “assist” the South Vietnamese resist the communist movement centered in the North.

Sec. of Defense Ashton “Ash” Carter visited the Iraqi capital to announce the intensified role for U.S. forces to assist locals in the fight against ISIS.

The twenty-five Marines were sent in after concerns about the security of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s so-called “Green Zone” arose when a group of Shiite protesters who support Muqtada al-Sadr crashed into the zone and attacked the Iraqi Parliament demanding that the country’s political system be reformed.

The U.S. backs the current Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who is seen as an ally in the fight against ISIS.

The 25 Marines belong to a forward-deployed Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force designed to respond quickly to protect U.S. installations, and is heavily armed and has attack helicopters at its disposal, if necessary.

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