BAGHDAD – US Secretary of State Ashton Carter has announced that Washington will send additional 560 troops to Iraq to participate in a mission to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militant group.
During an unannounced visit to Iraq, he said that most of these troops include engineers, logistics personnel and others technicians. They will be confined to build the Qayara air base located in the south of Mosul.
Ash Carter said the troops will help Iraqi security forces in planning to encircle and eventually retake the key city, Mosul.
“With these additional U.S. forces I’m describing today, we’ll bring unique capability to the campaign and provide critical support to the Iraqi forces at a key moment in the fight,” he went on to say.
Earlier, talking to reporters, before his arrival in Baghdad, the US Defence Secretary Ash Carter termed capture of Qayara airbase as a key strategic victory.
During his visit, he also met Iraqi Defence Khalid al-Obeidi and the top U.S. military commander for the Islamic State fight Lt General Sean MacFarland.
It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that Iraqi prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has pledged to retake Mosul from Islamic State group by the end of this year.