Over 400 new US soldiers in Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive

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More than 400 additional US troops have been deployed to Iraq in recent days as government forces together with volunteer fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units are gearing up for a major offensive to retake the strategic northern city of Mosul from Takfiri Daesh militants.

Colonel John Dorrian, a spokesman for the so-called US-led coalition allegedly fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria, said on Thursday that the number of American soldiers in Iraq has increased from about 4,000 a week ago to 4,460 today.

Dorrian said an estimated 3,000 to 4,500 Daesh militants are currently in Mosul, located some 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, noting that it is hard to say how many of them are “hardcore” militants.

He, however, stopped short of providing information about the task that the American soldiers would undertake in Iraq.

Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the US-led coalition, told…

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