The United States is stepping up its military campaign against Islamic State by sending hundreds more troops to assist Iraqi forces in an expected push on the city of Mosul, the militants' largest stronghold, later this year.If you remember the previous decade, the name of Mosul came up rather a lot, because it was a primary base of operations for the military. It fell to ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/whatever the hell you want to call them once we left in 2011. Now, as the Obama administration prepares to leave the stage, we're back, trying to retake it. Will we stay this time?
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the announcement on Monday during a visit to Baghdad, where he met U.S. commanders, as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.
Most of the 560 additional troops will work out of Qayara air base, which Iraqi forces recaptured from Islamic State militants and plan to use as a staging ground for an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Cleanup on Aisle 8
So you thought we were out of Iraq? Well, not so much: