A team of U.S. troops was on the ground in Iraq’s frontline Anbar province Tuesday as Washington steps up efforts to help Iraqi forces battle ISIS.

The Pentagon confirmed that about 50 military personnel were at Al-Asad air base to prepare the way for a larger contingent of advisers and trainers to assist Iraqi security forces.

President Barack Obama has announced plans to double the number of American troops in Iraq to 3,000 as U.S.-led efforts against the jihadists enter what he called a “new phase.” […]