"An unnamed government official told the Times that the 3,700 U.S. troops in Iraq were gradually deployed over a year and a half — meaning that, while Obama was pledging to the American public that there would be no boots on the ground, his own administration was simultaneously slowly sending boots on the ground." "The escalation in Iraq and Syria comes at a time when the U.S. military is simultaneously increasing its involvement in both Afghanistan and Libya." "The U.S. has militarily occupied Afghanistan for almost 15 years. More than 220,000 Afghans were killed in the first 12 years of the war, according to report by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. At least 1 million more people were killed in the U.S. war in Iraq, in a conservative estimate in the same report. An additional quarter of a million people have died in the ongoing war in Syria, which is entering its fifth year."