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    Additional US Troops Have Not Yet Reached Iraq, Syria

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    Additional US forces have not arrived to Iraq or Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a briefing on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON= (Sputnik) — Additional US forces have not arrived to Iraq or Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve Warren said in a briefing on Wednesday.

    "No to both," Warren stated when asked whether US troops have reached Iraq and Syria.

    On April 18, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that the United States will deploy an additional 217 troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the fight to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State terror group.

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    In addition, the United States announced sending 250 US troops to help train local fighters in Syria to combat the Daesh.

    The Daesh is outlawed in numerous countries, including in Russia and the United States. The Islamic State has captured large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria where it proclaimed a caliphate ruled by Sharia law.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations has been carrying out airstrikes against the Daesh terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since summer 2014.


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