U.S. and coalition forces have been making positive strides in their efforts to intervene against the Islamic State, says one of the leaders of U.S. operations in Iraq.
"We have been making significant gains against (IS) for months," said Brig Gen. Thomas Weidley, chief of staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
On Friday, Weidley spoke to reporters from a location in Southwest Asia to provide an update on operations in Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. role in Iraq is focused on training Iraqi forces to be self-sustaining. U.S. troops are linked directly to their Iraqi counterparts during the training, Weidley said.
In many locations, for example, coalition forces are advising and assisting on intelligence sharing or logistics operations directly with their counterparts.
"We see great benefits in these partnerships," Weidley said. "The fact that we're able to get on the ground with our counterparts together, face-to-face, provides us great benefits."
Fort Bragg has sent about 1,750 troops to Iraq.
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