“We are talking about the initial stages of the operation to free Mosul,” said Carter at a press conference.
According to him, the Iraqi forces are provided with artillery support by the US Marine Corps, which has been deployed in the area of the settlement. Makhmur.
“I am pleased to see that the Iraqi security forces have moved from their base of concentration in Makhmur and are attacking new positions as part of the early stages of the operation aimed at depriving the IG of control over Mosul,” said the head of the Pentagon. “The US Marines at Mahmur now provide artillery fire to help the Iraqi security forces advance.”
In turn, Joseph Dunford, head of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, who attended the press conference, said: “The Minister and I expect that the Iraqis will be provided with increased (military) means to create conditions for their operations in Mosul.” However, “the final decisions on this matter have not yet been made,” he added.
In addition, Dunford refuted media reports, which refer to the deployment of the 5-thousandth group of US forces in Iraq.
“We do not double count,” the general said, referring to the moment of rotation of troops in Iraq (some have already arrived, others have not yet lost). "Therefore, we are talking about the deployment of 3,8 in Iraq to thousands of American soldiers and officers."