July 12, 2016

TSG IntelBrief: More U.S. Troops in Iraq

• On July 11, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced from Baghdad that 560 more U.S. troops are heading to Iraq

• The increase is building upon positive momentum in the hope of reaching a tipping point in the coming fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State

• A sizable number of U.S. troops in Iraq is a political challenge for Baghdad, though the troops mostly remain in remote bases outside of population centers

• The recapture of the Qayyarah airfield from the Islamic State has set the stage for a decisive battle for Mosul sooner than previously expected.