Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

US Sending 560 More Troops to Iraq as Mosul Push Intensifies

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

US Sending 560 More Troops to Iraq as Mosul Push Intensifies

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BAGHDAD * The United States will send 560 more troops to Iraq to transform a freshly retaken air base into a staging hub for the long- awaited battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday. The new American forces should arrive in the coming weeks.

Most of the engineers, logistics personnel, security and communications forces will concentrate on building up Qayara air base, south of Mosul. They will aid Iraqi forces planning to retake the biggest city anywhere that has fallen under Islamic State's control.

The extremist group captured Mosul in the summer of 2014. It has used the city as a main headquarters since.

"These additional U.S. forces will bring unique capabilities to the campaign and provide critical enabler support to Iraqi forces at a key moment in the fight," Carter said on an unannounced visit to the country. …

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