President Obama: 'Mosul Will Eventually Fall'

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:15 AM

"As we look the Iraqis willing to fight and gaining ground, let'south create sure that we're providing them more support," Obama said in an interview with CBS News.

President Obama: 'Mosul Will Eventually Fall'

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast on Monday that the United States is providing more support to Iraq as its military moves to get back territory from Islamic State, and he expects the city of Mosul will be retaken eventually.

"As we look the Iraqis willing to fight and gaining ground, let'south create sure that we're providing them more support," Obama said in an interview with CBS News.

U. S. executive announced in Baghdad on Monday the United States will deploy about two hundred extra troops, mostly as advisers for Iraqi troops as they advance toward Mosul, the largest Iraqi city still below Islamic State control.

The expand raises the authorized U. S. troop level in Iraq to 4.087, not including special operations personnel, some logistics workers and troops on temporary rotations.

"We're not doing the fighting ourselves," Obama said, "but when we allow training, when we allow special forces who are backing them up, when we're gaining intelligence, working with the coalitions that we have, what we've seen is that we can continually tighten the noose" on Islamic State.

"My expectation is that by the finish of the year, we'll have created the conditions whereby Mosul will eventually fall," Obama said.

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