US to send 560 more troops to Iraq

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

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.

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