Obama to send more troops to Iraq

The Pentagon on Monday announced that it will send more than 200 troops to Iraq to support Baghdad’s offensive to re-capture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In addition, teams of about a dozen U.S. troops each can now embed with Iraqi brigades and battalions — putting them closer to the fight than before. Those teams, which will offer advice and assistance, will be protected by U.S. security forces, officials said.

Among the new initiatives announced by the Pentagon, U.S. troops in Iraq will employ the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a multiple-launch rocket system.

Apache helicopters will also support Iraqi troops for the first time since the administration pulled U.S. troops from the country after the war.