US to send 600 more troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive

Iraqi troops deploy in the town of Sharqat on September 22, 2016The United States will send about 600 extra troops to Iraq to train local forces for an offensive on the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. IS seized Mosul along with other areas in June 2014, but the country’s forces have since regained significant ground from the jihadists and are readying for a drive to retake Iraq’s second-largest city. “These (US) forces will be primarily to enable Iraqi security forces, and also peshmerga, in the operations to isolate and collapse ISIL’s control over Mosul,” Carter told reporters on a work trip to New Mexico, using an IS acronym.

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