The 475 additional US troops that President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday would be deployed to Iraq will start arriving over the next week as part of an American effort to “intensify our efforts inside Iraq,” a Defense Department spokesman said Thursday.

“The kind of support that we going to be giving to the Iraqi security forces will be more aggressive” in the coming days and weeks, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, adding that about 150 of the new troops flowing into Iraq will be broken up into smaller train and advise teams of about 12 soldiers each. Those teams will embed with Iraqi units at the brigade level and above, offering assistance to commanders on the ground.

Kirby would not elaborate on what role the US personnel will play in the fight, insisting that while they will not be involved in foot patrols or combat operations, they will be capable of acting in “self defense.” […]