Deaths in vehicle bomb market attack near Baghdad

Deaths in vehicle bomb market attack near Baghdad

In an attempt to recapture the city of Mosul, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced on Monday that the military will be sending an additional 560 troops to Iraq.

For example, he said he provided USA combat support troops to help the Afghans fight around the northern city of Kunduz. It is Obama's second USA troop increase in Iraq in the last three months, and it brings the total US force authorization there to 4,647.

US commanders plan to use the base, Qayara Airfield West, as a staging area to provide logistical support to Iraqi forces as they try to retake Mosul.

Spokesman for the Joint Operations Command General Yahya Rasoul on Monday said the defence secretary's visit to Baghdad will address the training and arming of Iraqi forces.

"The presence of foreign troops is an understandably combustible issue for Iraq; the scars of past battles are, for many Iraqis, equal to current battles against the Islamic State", the report stated.

The U.S. has pledged to provide $3.5 billion annually to fund Afghan forces, and the government in Kabul is expected to contribute as much as $500 million.

Numerous newly deployed troops will be based at an airfield 40 miles south of Mosul that was reclaimed by Iraqi soldiers on July 9.

However, there is still debate in Washington about the timing of an offensive on Mosul.

Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, commander of the coalition against DAESH militants in Syria and Iraq, said the additional troops would fill a variety of roles. With Iraqi forces now in control of Fallujah, Iraqi forces and their American advisers have trained their sights back onto Mosul.

The airfield is "one of the hubs from which".

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Islamic State has a history of carrying out similar attacks in the region.

Mr. Obama at one point had declared the US combat mission in Iraq over, but has repeatedly been drawn back into the conflict as Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, grew in strength.

The recapture of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto Iraqi capital, from which its leader declared a modern-day caliphate in 2014, would be a major boost for the plans by Abadi and the United States to weaken the militant group.

Five more people died in bombings today elsewhere in Iraq. "The threat is not going away".

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