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  7. The United States will send more than 200 additional troops and eight apache helicopters to Iraq in an effort to bolster local forces as they prepare to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from the so-called Islamic State. US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement Monday while visiting top American and Iraqi officials in Baghdad. The additional 217 troops will boost total US forces from 3,870 to 4,087 and include Army special forces, trainers, security forces for the advisers, and maintenance teams for the Apaches. Some of these will be placed closer to the front lines although the US said it would take measures to reduce the risks. The US will also boost funding to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS in northern Iraq by an additional $415 million over time, according to the Associated Press. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? Secretary Carter said the US government was “on the same page” as the Iraqi government in terms of how to intensify the fight against Islamic State, a different scenario to June last year before a coalition of troops successfully retook Ramadi. The level of detail already known about the upcoming operation to retake Mosul came as a surprise to many when a US military official revealed the planned campaign in February,The Christian Science Monitor’s Anna Mulrine reported. It will be carried out by roughly 24,000 Iraqi troops who are currently training to retakeMosul from an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 IS fighters. “I was surprised to see them do this,” retired Lt. Gen. David Barno, who served as commander of US forces in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005, told The Monitor. “It’s a little perplexing to me to go into the amount of detail and the timelines that they did.” The additional US troops are the first significant boost in numbers for about a year. Carter said the addition of the Apache attack helicopters was important because they can "respond so quickly and so dynamically to an evolving tactical situation." He said he had discussed their use with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and, "he understood that it would be necessary for just these cases and agreed with me that we would provide it." Their agreement on the helicopters stood in contrast to the battle for Ramadi last year when Iraqi forces refused their use believing they were unnecessary. Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top US military commanders in the fight against the Islamic State, said the additional funding to Peshmerga forces was in part to help them overcome food shortages which have been depriving them of the necessary energy needed to keep fighting. "Right now the peshmerga are not getting enough calories to keep them in the field, so we're very interested in making sure that they have enough food just to carry on the fight," he said. As well as putting some troops closer to the fight, the US will send an extra long-range rocket artillery unit to support Iraqi ground forces in the battle for Mosul. "This will put Americans closer to the action," Carter said. "Their whole purpose is to be able to help those forces respond in a more agile way. This report contains material from Reuters and the Associated Press.
  8. WASHINGTON, D.C.-- CBS News learned Wednesday that U.S. Special Operation forces in northern Iraq have captured an ISIS commander who was developing chemical weapons. Among them -- mustard gas -- first used by Germany in World War I. Mustard gas is not lethal in most cases, but can cause severe burns to the eyes, skin and lungs. And so it is banned by the civilized world. Play VIDEO CIA director on ISIS's access to chemical weapons Video appears to show the aftermath of an ISIS chemical weapons attack using a mustard agent in Syria last year. But a recent operation mounted by Delta Force Commando inside Iraq may have disrupted future chemical attacks by ISIS. In a raid last month, Delta captured an ISIS chemical weapons expert, an Iraqi who had once worked for the regime of Saddam Hussein. After interrogating him, U.S. intelligence was able to identify a building in Mosul where mustard agent was manufactured and loaded into artillery shells. The video released by the British Defense Ministry shows a building described as an ISIS weapons factory being destroyed by an air strike this past weekend. By Pentagon count, ISIS has mounted a dozen chemical weapons attacks in Iraq and Syria, a fact confirmed by CIA Director John Brennan in a "60 Minutes" interview. "We have a number of instances where ISIL has used chemical munitions on the battlefield," Brennan said. ISIS has access to chemical artillery shells? "There are reports that ISIS has access to chemical precursors and munitions that they can use," Brennan said. Just the day before the strike on the chemical weapons building, U.S. aircraft targeted a top ISIS commander, known by the alias Omar the Chechen, who the Pentagon considered to be the equivalent of the group's Secretary of Defense. U.S. intelligence is still trying to confirm if he was in fact killed. And this evening, news of what appears to be an intelligence goldmine -- the names, addresses, and phone numbers of some 20,000 ISIS fighters from countries across the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, reportedly given to London's Sky News by a disgruntled member of ISIS. CBS News consultant Richard Walton, former head of counter terrorism for Scotland Yard, said that if the documents are authentic this would be one of the most significant intelligence finds since ISIS was created. © 2016 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. 10 Comments 662 Shares Tweet Stumble Email David MartinDavid Martin is CBS News' National Security Correspondent.
  9. HAIDAR HAMDANI/GETTY IMAGES Iraqi emergency responders clear debris from the site of a truck bomb, that exploded at a crowded checkpoint, in the Iraqi city of Hilla, south of Baghdad on March 6, 2016. A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, medical and security officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast. The suicide attack, involving an explosive-laden fuel tanker, is the second deadliest this year after one on Feb. 28 that killed 78 people in Sadr City, a Shi'ite district of Baghdad. This was also claimed by the ultra-hardline Sunni group that controls vast swathes of territory in Iraq and in Syria. The escalation in Islamic State bombings suggests that Iraqi government forces are being stretched thin after their recent gains against the group in the western and northern provinces. Responsibility for the bombing in Hilla, 117 kilometres (73 miles) south of Baghdad, was claimed in a posting on the website of the Amaq news agency, which supports Islamic State. "A martyr's operation with a truck bomb hit the Babylon Ruins checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Hilla, killing and wounding dozens," the statement on the Amaq website said. Hilla is the capital of Babylon province, a predominantly Shi'ite region with some Sunnis. "It's the largest bombing in the province to date," Falah al-Radhi, the head of the provincial security committee, told Reuters. "The checkpoint, the nearby police station were destroyed as well as some houses and dozens of cars." A provincial hospital official confirmed the number of casualties, adding that 23 of them were members of the police and other security forces that were manning the check point located at the northern entrance of the city. Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to a coalition fighting Islamic State, on Saturday told a news conference in Baghdad that Islamic State was losing the battle against forces arraigned against it from many sides in Iraq and Syria. He said the focus would turn to stabilizing cities seized back from them.
  10. Iraqi engineers responsible for building the Mosul Dam, 30 years ago, are warning of its imminent collapse. Photo courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers MOSUL, Iraq, March 3 (UPI) -- Some 1.5 million Iraqis could be killed if the Mosul Dam collapses, a former Iraqi government engineer warned Thursday. asrat Adamo, who was the Iraqi Irrigation Ministry's chief engineer when the 2 mile-long dam was constructed 30 years ago, told NBC News a $296 million rehabilitation and maintenance project, announced Wednesday, may not come in time to prevent the collapse of the dam. A collapse would flood cities downstream on the Tigris River. The city of Mosul could be inundated and Baghdad flooded. The Iraqi government's response thus far is to recommend Mosul residents retreat to higher ground if the dam bursts. "All the figures quote between 500,000 to 1.5 million people in the path, but at least a few hundred thousand people will be killed immediately. The flood wave is so fast that it would arrive to Mosul in two hours and the city would be under 25 meters [82 feet] of water," Adamo said, referring to information in a 1984 report. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a similar warning, earlier in the week, callingthe potential for a disaster "serious and unprecedented." "We have no specific information that indicates when a breach might occur," the statement said. Iraqi engineers involved in building the dam warned pressure was building on the structure as winter snow melts and fills its reservoir, while sluice gates to relieve the pressure are jammed shut. The failure to mount a workforce or replace machinery after the dam was taken back from the Islamic State in 2014 is accelerating damage in porous rock beneath the dam, they said. "The machines for grouting have been looted. There is no cement supply. They can do nothing. It is going from bad to worse, and it is urgent. All we can do is hold our hearts," Adamo added.∨=tn

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