US to send 560 more troops to Iraq
The US is to send 560 more military personnel to Iraq to help in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS), Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said.
It will bring to about 4,650 the number of US personnel in Iraq, most of them serving in training and advisory roles.
The extra troops, including engineers and logistics experts, would help local forces planning to retake the IS stronghold of Mosul, Mr Carter said.
He made the announcement on a surprise visit to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
Troops from the new deployment will be stationed at Qayara airbase, which was recaptured from IS militants by Iraqi government forces on Saturday. The facility is about 65km (40 miles) south of Mosul, IS’s last urban bastion in Iraq.