The US military is deploying 600 more troops to Iraq to help government forces fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the city of Mosul, according to the US Defense Department.
The American soldiers will provide logistics support for the Iraqi forces and will not directly participate in the attack, 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…