US Military: We Need More Troops In Iraq

US Military: We Need More Troops In Iraq

Officials have said no USA troops were injured in the attempted attack.

The Iraqi army says ISIS may resort to suicide attacks once the assault on Mosul begins.

Iraqi security forces dropped thousands of leaflets over the region south of the city this past weekend, warning citizens in anticipation of a new offensive.

"There's a lot of different actors, and this is the way I suppose for the USA to also have its presence on the ground to be able to see what's going on and to be able to ensure that in any sort of power vacuum that emerges after the Islamic State [Daesh in Arabic] is removed that the U.S. has its interests maintained", Mansour explained.

They said there was little resistance so far, aside from some bombs planted along the road.

No one was injured in Tuesday's attack, which saw the rocket fall inside of the Qayara air base near Mosul, where several hundred USA soldiers are stationed.

"Coalition operations supporting indigenous ground forces - have disrupted core ISIL's ability to mount external attacks, reduced its territorial control, limited its freedom of movement, eliminated many of their leaders and reduced the resources that they had available".

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"We assess it to be a sulfur-mustard blister agent", Marine General Joseph Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the US Senate's Armed Services Committee.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is suspected of firing a crudely-made chemical weapon at a base where hundreds of US troops were operating.

Iraq announced Thursday that its forces have recaptured a northern town from the Islamic State group in an operation launched ahead of a push for the city of Mosul.

Iraqi forces, backed by air strikes from the US-led coalition, have gained complete control of the northern district of Shirqat.

Dunford said the timing of the Mosul operation "now is really just a function of a political decision by Prime Minister Abadi", but in reality the situation is far more complex.

A small team of United States troops later inspected the fragmented ordinance and found one bit with a suspicious, tar-like black oily substance that they tested in the field.

Iraqi forces are also moving to retake two areas in the western province of Anbar, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an televised message from NY, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly.

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