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Pentagon to send about 600 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi government forces celebrate after retaking an area near Hit from Islamic State militants in April. (Moadh al-Dulaimi / AFP/Getty Images) The Pentagon plans to send about 600 additional troops to Iraq to help launch a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul in coming weeks, the most ambitious operation yet in the two-year military campaign against Islamic State. The escalation, which has been approved by the White House, suggests the challenges U.S.-backed Iraqi ground forces will face in assaulting a heavily defended major urban center that is Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Iraq and the largest city under its control anywhere.

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