US troops on the move in Iraq as troops prepare for ground invasion
US troops have moved into Iraq to prepare for a ground invasion, with troops moving into the country’s southern border region.
The US Army announced that it was sending about 700 soldiers to the area in the countrys southern border with Iraq, which is part of the countrywide campaign to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.
The United States has about 8,000 troops in Iraq.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Iraqi forces were “coming back to us.”
“They’re coming back to the United States, coming back home,” Trump said during a speech at a military recruiting center in the city of Tal Afar, according to the Associated Press.
“They are going to be ready, I want to make sure they’re coming home as quickly as possible,” he added.
In addition to the soldiers, the United Nations said it will provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced and refugees, with more than 2,200 people being registered with the United Nation’s World Food Program.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.