U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the closing ceremony of a U.S.-Philippine military exercise dubbed "Balikatan" in Quezon City, Metro Manila

U.S. to send more troops to Iraq to tackle Islamic State

By Yeganeh Torbati BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States will send more troops to Iraq and will put them closer to the frontlines of battle there to advise Iraqi forces in the war against Islamic State militants.  U.S. defense officials said Washington will deploy about 200 additional troops, mostly as advisers for Iraqi troops as they advance towards Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still under Islamic State control. The United States has also authorized the use of Apache attack helicopters to help the Iraqis as they can provide quicker air support and precision fire. The change will allow them to offer quicker advice to Iraqi troops as they try to retake Mosul, likely facing stiff resistance from an entrenched enemy.

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