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01:33 22.01.2016 (updated 06:52 22.01.2016)
In another blow to the Obama administration’s promise of withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon has announced plans to deploy additional troops to "accelerate" its campaign against Daesh.
Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met with other key members of the anti-Daesh coalition. Talks between the US, UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands were partially aimed at convincing Arab states to play a more active role in the fight.
"The object of today is to satisfy ourselves that the balance of the campaign is right…and that we can now capitalize on the setbacks Daesh has suffered in Iraq and move on to tighten the noose around the head of the snake in Syria in Raqqa," British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told reporters.
While no exact number was given, Carter did say that US personnel is going "to increase greatly as the momentum of the effort increases." The defense secretary cited US success in retaking Ramadi from Daesh.
Looks like they are gearing up for a move on Mosul.