The U.S. will send an additional 560 troops to Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday during an unannounced visit to Baghdad, NBC News reported.
On Saturday, Iraqi forces recaptured Qayara airfield south of Mosul from ISIS. Carter said the new forces will help establish the strategically-located air base as a staging hub for long-awaited battle to recapture Mosul from the militants.
President Barack Obama has approved the additional deployment announced Monday. That brings the total number of U.S. servicemen in Iraq to around 4,600.