The Hill reports the Pentagon said Thursday that it would begin deploying 1,500 new troops to Iraq "in the next weeks" without first securing funding from Congress, reversing previous comments. "We can deploy troops to the theater, but — so that — that process can and will continue," said Defense Department press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby. Kirby also said Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, has also moved about 50 U.S. forces within Iraq to Anbar Province to get a "jump start" on expanding the advise-and-assist mission, as well as starting to train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic militants."But it doesn't mean that we still don't need the authorization in terms of the resources that will go with the much more robust program that we're trying to get done," Kirby said. "He can start it and he is."