4,000 US Soldiers Arrive in Western Iraq Since End of December

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Media sources disclosed that almost 4,000 US soldiers have been deployed in three military bases in Iraq since last days of December.

The Arabic desk of Sputnik quoted sources in the region as saying that 4,000 American soldiers have entered Iraq since late December and have been deployed at Ein al-Assad base in al-Baghdadi town and al-Taqadom base in al-Habaniyeh near Faloujeh.

The sources told sputnik that more groups of US soldiers will be dispatched to Iraq soon.   

Sputnik added that another part of these soldiers have been dispatched to the Spiker base in Salahuddin province.

The sources did not leak more information about the objectives of the US soldiers’ deployment.

Media sources disclosed on Wednesday that the US administration rejected presence of its ground troops in Mosul operations, while American soldiers were sighted operating in the city in Iraqi army uniforms and vehicles.

“It is about three weeks that tens of US army forces have been deployed in the Eastern and Northeastern districts of Mosul, but most of them wear the uniforms of Iraq’s Counter-terrorism Units,” al-Ma’louma News quoted al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper as reporting on Wednesday.

“One of the US army bases is in al-Zahour district in Eastern Mosul to coordinate coalition flight missions and trace and mark ISIL targets in the region. The Americans use military vehicles similar to the Iraqi forces’ vehicles at this base too,” an Iraqi military source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The daily added that the Americans were providing the Iraqi forces with intelligence and military logistic support in al-Zahour district.

The revelation came as Iraq’s military forces took back, at least, 80 percent of East Mosul from ISIL, the spokesman of the special forces spearheading the campaign said Wednesday.

“”I think you can say that we have retaken 80 to 85 percent of the Eastern side of Mosul, said Sabah al-Noman,  spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), the Daily Star reported.      

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