Two companies from the U.S. Army ‘ s 82nd Airborne Division to be used, the Mosul to the strengthening of security in Iraq at the request of the Supreme American commander in Baghdad, ISIS, a U.S. defense official with knowledge of the order to fight Fox News said.
A U.S. defense official told Fox News that 200 additional troops from the 82nd Airborne Division go to Mosul”additional” advice and help “- support for our Iraqi partners as they liberate Mosul,” said the official.
Another sign of the Pentagon in the run-up to the fight against the ISIS jets from the aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush began striking ISIS targets on Friday, days after the arrival in the Persian Gulf.
Last month, Bush carried out air strikes in Syria from the Eastern Mediterranean.
US-BASED FORCES TO USE SYRIAN AIR BASE ISIS
In recent weeks several reports in the press said, upwards of 1,000 additional American troops to deploy to Kuwait or Syria as a “reserve force”. These reports were said to be inaccurate by several Pentagon officials.
“I think for us to bring large number of troops of the coalition, especially because of what we do, in fact, is the work,” said Townsend in a press briefing with Pentagon reporters earlier this month.
IRAQ PM SAYS ISIS WILL BE DEFEATED ‘WITHIN WEEKS’
Some of the additional forces from the 82nd Airborne Division in the direction of the Qayyarah airfield West, or “Q-West”, as the soldiers call it, the official said. U.S. armed forces in the former Iraq occupy a military base since the summer. Currently, Apache attack helicopters and GPS-guided missile systems called the HIMARS are there, about 40 kilometers South of Mosul, and the ongoing battle of Iraq, the second-largest city.
In Hammam al-OJ, 15 miles South of Mosul, a U.S. army artillery battery supporting the Iraqi-led operation in Western Mosul in the last few months, also.
The fight against ISIS in Mosul has stretched for more than five months. In an exclusive interview with Chris Wallace of “Fox News Sunday,” Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi predicted ISIS will be defeated in the next few weeks.
“We are to defeat militarily,” he said.
On Saturday, the U. S-led coalition acknowledged that its jets had bombed the place, where up to 200 civilians were killed, West of Mosul in the past week. The coalition claims that Iraq had attack requested forces the air.
In neighboring Syria, a US Marine artillery battery in support of a US-led air attack, approximately 30 kilometres to the West of Raqqa, the de facto ISIS capital in the last few days.
Last week, hundreds of Syrian, Arab and Kurdish fighters, accompanied by a handful of U.S. special operations forces were inserted, via U.S. military helicopter outside the town of Tabqa, where a strategic dam in ISIS hands since 2014.
Earlier Sunday, the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) announced that they have captured a strategic airfield in the town, located about 30 km to the West of Raqqa.
Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and the State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @Lucas FoxNews