Monday, February 20, 2017

U.S. Forces In Iraq Are Now Operating Closer To The Front Lines In Mosul

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center right, and Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali, left, meet in Baghdad on Feb. 20. (Reuters)

FOX News: US troops in Iraq operating closer to front lines

BAGHDAD – After three years of being told they could not go to the front lines, U.S. troops advising Iraqi forces as they evict ISIS from Mosul no longer face those tight restrictions, according to the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, as the new defense secretary stood by his side in Baghdad.

"It is true that we are operating closer and deeper into the Iraqi formation," Townsend told reporters travelling with Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. "We adjusted our posture during the east Mosul fight and embedded advisers a bit further down into the formation."

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More News On U.S. Forces In Iraq Now Operating Closer To The Front Lines In Mosul

U.S. troops in Iraq move closer to the front lines in fight for Mosul -- Washington Post
U.S. advisors are now fighting alongside Iraqi forces in the battle for Mosul -- L.A. Times
Mattis confirms US troops in Mosul operation -- AP

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