Media: Washington may send additional forces to Iraq
The US Department of Defense asked the US authorities to allow him to send 500 troops to Iraq on the eve of the assault on Mosul, reports RIA News message "Wall Street Journal".
According to the newspaper, today there are 4,4 thousand American military in Iraq.
If the US government approves the Pentagon’s initiative, “an additional military group along with the Iraqi army and the international coalition forces to combat IS will carry out preparations for the operation to seize Mosul,” the newspaper writes.
As previously stated in the military, the operation to free the city from terrorists should begin in mid-October.
"US President Barack Obama has not yet been acquainted with the initiative," - said WSJ.
Recall the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul was under the control of the IG in 2014. This week, government forces surrounded the city of Shergat, located in 100 km south of Mosul.
AFP 2016 / Martin Bureau
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