US troops to bolster Iraq's fight on ISIL: White House

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The new American troops set to be sent to Iraq will be used to bolster the successes the Iraqi military has already achieved in fight against Daesh, says the White House.

“The United States and our coalition partners will be committed to supporting Iraqi forces as they take the fight to ISIL,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

Earnest made the remarks after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that 560 American troops would be sent to Iraq to help the country fight against Daesh and retake Mosul, the country’s second largest city, from the terrorist group.

“We agreed for the United States to bolster Iraqi efforts to isolate and pressure Mosul by deploying 560 additional troops,” Carter said at the Baghdad airport after he met the Iraqi premier and defense minister on Monday.

Heading for Mosul

Carter met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi to discuss a range of issues, including…

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