Tuesday, March 28, 2017

US Sends 300 More Troops to Recapture Mosul; Boost to Ease Ending IS Control of Land in Iraq

A U.S. military escalation in northern Iraq will include some 300 additional troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, an infusion of combat power intended to accelerate the ouster of Islamic State (IS) fighters from their stronghold in Mosul, the Military Times website reports today (March 28, 2017).

The paratroopers are scheduled to depart from Fort Bragg in North Carolina today, according to a U.S. defense official.

In addition to assisting and advising the Iraqi ground forces in their fight against IS, some U.S. troops will be moved close to action in Mosul, where an estimated 2,000 IS fighters remain hidden among civilians they have trapped there.

With the paratroopers' arrival today, there will be well over 6,000 American military personnel on the ground in Iraq.

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