The US military is deploying 600 more troops to Iraq to help government forces fight ISIS terrorists in the city of Mosul, according to the US Defense department.
Pentagon chief Ash Carter said said the soldiers will provide logistics and intelligence support for the Iraqi forces to help recapture the city from the Islamic State.
The troops are to be deployed in the coming weeks, according to defense officials
Press TV reports:
The American soldiers will provide logistics support for the Iraqi forces and will not directly participate in the attacks, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters on Wednesday.
The announcement comes as Iraqi forces are fighting to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city and the capital of the northern province of Nineveh, which fell to the hands of Daesh in June 2014.
The US claims its troops in Iraq are supporting government forces fighting against Daesh.
Currently there are about 4,600 US soldiers in Iraq. The additional forces would raise the level to about 5,200.
The US troops are allegedly providing air support, training and advice to the Iraqi military.
In July, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Pentagon would send an additional 560 troops to Iraq over the course of several weeks.
The latest troop deployment comes a week after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met privately with US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
There are also dozens of US special operations forces in Syria, who are working closely with a collection of various militant groups that are trying to topple the legitimate government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The move to increase the number of US troops comes despite growing concerns among the Iraqi public that the US is planning to use the battle against Daesh as a pretext to return to Iraq.
US forces invaded Iraq in 2003 to topple long-time dictator Saddam Hussein but the large-scale military operation deteriorated security in the Arab country and gave birth to various militant groups like Daesh.