U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that some 600 additional troops will be sent to Iraq prior to a major offensive against the city of Mosul held by the Islamic State.
|Carter said President Barack Obama approved sending the troops. The troops were sent on the recommendation of General Joe Dunford, Chair of the Joint Chiefs. The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved sending the additional troops and supported the U.S. decision. Carter claimed the additional troops would "further enable Iraqi forces", saying:"The troops, in close coordination with the government of Iraq, will provide specific capabilities including logistics and maintenance support; train, advise and assist teams for Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish Peshmerga for the upcoming Mosul operation; and expanded intelligence resources to help disrupt ISIL's terrorist network in Iraq and beyond." Iraqi PM al-Abadi said: "American President Barack Obama was consulted on a request from the Iraqi government for a final increase in the number of trainers and advisers under the umbrella of the international coalition in Iraq."|