U.S. to send 600 more troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive
Due to Islamic State militants occupying the city of Mosul, The White House authorized the U.S. Military to send 600 troops to Iraq. Their purpose was to help train and prepare Iraqi military forces to fight against the militants and take back the city. There are now at least 5,000 authorized American troops in Iraq, but the main purpose would provide logistics and maintenance support in addition to training and advising Iraq's military forces. Although U.S. troops are not meant for combat forces, they can help lead ground force assaults against ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL. Even with the US's support, Iraqi forces will have a hard time re-taking the city of Mosul; Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad stated that "[Islamic militants] built a hell on earth around themselves," having 2 years to fortify the city with defenses, tunnels, roadside bombs, and created even a makeshift oil-moat. With Iraqi forces seizing territory around the city Islamic militants used for supplies and also seizing an militant air force base, they are still facing a difficult situation as the militants are positioned in a city with hundreds of thousands of civilians that are used as human shields to block bombings and bullets being fired.
This article connects to the past tensions between the US and ISIS/ISIL bombings and attacks throughout the United States and the World. This recent event is an act of fighting against Islamic militants demonstrating acts of terrorism throughout the US and shows that the President and country are not sitting by and watching our country being attacked. This also relates to recent terrorist attacks on US soil, attacking 29 countries, killed 2,043 people, and injuring thousands of others.
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