Defense Secretary Ash Carter has announced that about 600 additional American troops will head to Iraq to assist the country's military in its future offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS.
Currently the United States has 4,565 military personnel in Iraq who are training, advising and assisting Iraq's military in the fight against ISIS.
Carter made the announcement while traveling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He told reporters traveling with him that the additional troops would "further enable" Iraqi forces engaged in the future offensive on Mosul.
In Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced in a statement posted on his official website that the Obama administration had accepted a request for additional American troops to help support an offensive on Mosul.
Abadi said the additional troops would "provide support for security forces and the Iraqi heroes in the fight looming in the liberation of Mosul." He emphasized that the American troops would continue to serve as advisers and that the combat mission to liberate Mosul would be done by Iraqi troops.