Friday 02-09-2016 | 9:42:43
He said a US military told Reuters as he stood on the bridge 45 kilometers south-east of Mosul, "move around a lot and we went for all parts of the country."
He said the Iraqis are making rapid progress in repairing the bridge, adding that US troops would leave the region within days.
As part of the reluctance to engage in another foreign conflict the White House insists that it will not be published military in Iraq, but the current number of American soldiers in Iraq is approaching five thousand.
The number is still less than many of the 170 thousand deployed by the United States at the height of the occupation, which lasted nine years and toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 to set off a rebellion supported al-Qaida and plunged the country into sectarian civil war.
US President Barack Obama to withdraw US troops from Iraq, but he brought them back in 2014 after the defection of the Iraqi army to the control of the organization of the Islamic state on the third of the country, despite spending Washington billions of dollars on military aid and training between.
Chen and the United States intensified air campaign on Iraq and the attacks secret special forces against the militants behind the front lines.
Washington says that the concentration of troops in Iraq was focused on training, advising and equipping local forces and the Iraqi army, police and Peshmerga forces and the militant Sunni tribes who have been fighting the Islamic state, although the US military is not engaged in a combat role.
And spread American advisers and other international coalition that is fighting the Islamic State in a few military bases nations but with the campaign's progress and shift the focus to Mosul, the Americans approached more than one combat positions.
* Rocket attack
Reuters reporter saw soldiers from the coalition in May , outside the village of Hassan Shami innorthern Iraq on miles east of the front line after then. They speak English , but their nationality was not clear.
Although the military advisers and soldiers who protect them are not engaged in combat missions, the conditions affecting sometimes on their roles and led them to clash with the Islamic state.
There was no declaration of such confrontations only three times.
In October, Sergeant Joshua Wheeler was killed in an attack Bahoijh where the military said US military advisers have been forced to fight when fighters Korda came under fire.
In April, a rocket attack the Islamic state in the Marines Sergeant Lewis Cardin at a US base near the drunken used to protect US advisers were killed.
After the incident, the military killed a few weeks Navy Charles Keating in the village of Bishop Hill, where the army said he was summoned in the framework of a "quick reaction force" to help advisers came under fire.
The US military, who sought to impose restrictions on the entry of the media with its rules and no longer accept escorted reporters to the soldiers, as did the Ctlal- to divert attention from its activities in Iraq.
And moderated by soldiers who saw them, a Reuters reporter backs in front of the cameras quickly and recently rejected a request from Reuters to visit Qayyarah Air Force Base sent to the Pentagon hundreds of soldiers into helping to establish a logistics center for the process of Mosul.
And it included a military convoy was traveling on Monday to rule that caused the organization of the Islamic state serious damage before fleeing complex engineering vehicles and armored transport vehicles