The U.S. Is Sending 600 More Troops To Iraq

The Pentagon has also warned that Islamic State fighters could use mustard gas to defend Mosul.

Officials believe the Islamic State, which could have up to 4,500 militants in Mosul, has rigged the city with improvised explosive devices, which could contain chemical agents.

The ministry said several other oil wells were still on fire but they were outside the control of the security forces and will be extinguished as soon as the troops regain control.

"Different cities have fallen in different ways", Carter said.

Now the United States has 4,565 military personnel in Iraq who are training, advising and assisting Iraq's military in the fight against ISIS.

As Tom reported, "the White House has insisted that the American troops are not in a combat role".

These additional troops "will increase the number of USA forces in Iraq to around 5,000", NPR's Tom Bowman told our Newscast unit. "They're dead-set on it - they would love to be able to use chemical weapons against us, against the Iraqis as they move forward", Davis said during a Pentagon press conference.

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He was speaking at a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Kozhikode, where he'd attended the party's National Council meet. Geo TV, one of the leading news channel of Pakistan, said: "Indian PM Narendra Modi threatens Pakistan".

The additional forces will be based throughout Iraq, including at Qayyarah West Air Base, an airfield south of Mosul being used as an operations hub for the upcoming battle. "No one should be in any doubt about that".

"In consultation with the government of Iraq, the United States is prepared to provide additional USA military personnel to train and advise the Iraqis as the planning for the Mosul campaign intensifies", another U.S. official said, again speaking on condition of anonymity.

Three U.S. service members have been killed in direct combat since the launch of the U.S. campaign against Islamic State.

The US troops are to be based largely in northern Iraq at various locations.

Speaking in New Mexico on Tuesday, Carter said he expected the Mosul offensive to begin in the coming weeks, but stressed the decision was an Iraqi one.

United States and Iraqi troops have been given special equipment to help protect themselves from various chemical weapons. In July, the Pentagon announced that 560 more US troops would deploy to Iraq to transform Qayara air base, west of the city of Qayara and south of Mosul, into a staging hub for the final assault. "The coalition will continue to increase the pressure on ISIL in Mosul and wherever it seeks refuge in Iraq", Carter said in a statement.

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