VIDEO: US Govt. to Send more than 600 Soldiers to Iraq

Thu Sep 29, 2016 15:00:07

Iraqi government announced the United States will send more military advisers to Iraq to assist the country's army in liberation of the city of Mosul occupied by ISIS.

Iraq's Prime Minister, Heidar al-Abadi said in a statement published on his official website that the US trainers and advisers would be dispatched under the request of Iraqi government, Sputnik reported. 

"As part of the preparations for the crucial battle of liberating the city of Mosul and eliminating ISIL gangs and freeing all the Iraqi territories, and in light of the role that trainers and advisers from the international coalition play in accelerating the military takeover, consultations were made with the US President Barack Obama under the request of Iraqi government to add a final increase in the number of US trainers and advisers under the umbrella of the international coalition in Iraq, to support the Iraqi security forces in its imminent battle to completely liberate Mosul. The government’s request was approved," the statement reads.
According to the Iraqi prime minister, the advisers would not be involved in the fight with the terrorists, but would only train Iraqi troops.

He added that following the liberation of the city the number of military advisers would be reduced.

Mosul, which is one of the largest Iraqi cities, as well as a number of other Northern and Western Iraqi settlements were seized in 2014 during an offensive of ISIS, which is outlawed in Russia and the United States among other nations.

Washington has repeatedly announced its support of Baghdad in its efforts to retake the city and deployed troops to the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation to prepare its servicemen for the offensive against ISIL positions in Mosul.

The Pentagon also announced in a statement that it is sending 600 servicemen to provide logistics support for Iraqi forces ahead of an operation to liberate Mosul from ISIL.

The US military personnel will provide logistics support for Iraqi forces, NBC News cited Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook as saying, FNA reported.


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