US-led military coalition increases number of advisers in Iraq: Official

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 05 January 2017

The US-led military coalition in Iraq has doubled the number of its military personnel in Iraq as parts of the country’s second largest city, Mosul, still remain under the control of Daesh Takfiri terrorists,

There are now roughly 450 military advisers, said US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian in Baghdad, while speaking to reporters at the Pentagon.

On October 17, Iraqi army soldiers, supported by Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, launched a joint operation to retake Mosul from Daesh terrorists.

The Iraqi forces’ advance has, however, been slowed down due to the presence of hundreds of thousands of civilians, many of whom are prevented from leaving Mosul by Daesh.

The so-called coalition has expanded the forces "in the last couple of weeks," according to Dorrian, who refused to disclose their exact locations in the Muslim country.

According to the Associated Press, “The advisers perform a range of roles, from accompanying Iraqi troops as they move around the battlefield to providing engineering and intelligence support. They are not meant to be involved in direct combat, although they have come under fire at times.”

"They remain behind the forward line of troops," Dorrian said, adding that the Daesh (ISIL) militants had established good defenses around Mosul with more than 200,000 buildings, each a potential death trap.

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