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    Some 500 soldiers based in the US state of Kansas will deploy to Iraq this fall to train and advise Iraqi forces that are preparing for an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group, the US Army announced on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — About 5,000 US forces are now based in Iraq to support local forces that are preparing for an assault on the nation’s second largest city of Mosul, which was captured by Daesh fighters in June 2014.

    "We will assist in training Iraqi commanders, staffs, soldiers, and police officers as they plan and conduct counter-ISIL [counter-Daesh] operations in both the Tigris and Euphrates River valleys, with a central focus on the City of Mosul,” US Army First Infantry Division Commander Major General Joseph Martin said in the release.

    The release said the troops from Ft. Riley in Kansas will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division.

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    Daesh, US Army, Iraq, Mosul
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