200 US troops and apache helicopters headed to Iraq to fight ISIS

US Troops going to Iraq

US officials have announced plans to send 200 more troops and a handful of Apache helicopters to assist in the fight against ISIS.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the new forces will mostly be used to advise Iraqi forces closer to the front lines.

News of the push arrives just after a major offensive aimed at retaking the key city of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest metropolitan area.

US and Iraqi leaders have been discussing an increase in troops and supplies by weeks. The increase in troops was approved in a decision by President Barack Obama to increase the authorized troop level in Iraq by 217 — or from 3,870 to 4,087.

It’s likely that the troops being sent to Iraq will be Army special forces, as they have been used in the past to advice and assist the Iraqis.

Other troops may include trainers, security forces for the advisers, and more maintenance teams for the Apaches.

No further details are available at this time.