During his commencement speech at West Point last month, President Obama announced the creation of a $5 billion counterterrorism fund that would pay for American operations against terrorist around the world. Last Thursday, he said that the fund would be used for the first time to pay for 300 Special Operations soldiers to go to Iraq to consult in the fights against the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.
"We're prepared to create joint operation centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq to share intelligence and coordinate planning to confront the terrorist threat of ISIS," Obama said. "Through our new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund, we're prepared to work with Congress to provide additional equipment. We have had advisors in Iraq through our embassy, and we're prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisors — up to 300 — to assess how we can best train, advise, and support Iraqi security forces going forward."