ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO / PENTAGON — The United States and Iraq have agreed on a plan that will send about 600 additional American troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters in New Mexico, Carter said the increase was part of the coalition’s “accelerating campaign” to “isolate and collapse” IS control over Mosul and “expand gains by Iraqi Security Forces elsewhere in Iraq.”
A U.S. defense official put the total number at 615, bringing the number of American troops authorized to fight IS in Iraq at 5,262.
Carter said the additional U.S. military personnel would train, advice and assist Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga. They also will be used to improve logistics and to intensify intelligence operations with a “special emphasis” on uncovering IS plans to launch terror attacks against Baghdad and the West, he said
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