BAGHDAD, IRAQ: US strengths will help Iraq set up a logistics center in a recovered landing strip to use for a push on Mosul, ISIS’s biggest fortress, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said before making an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday.
Iraqi government strengths said they took back control of Qayara airbase, 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul, from the fear bunch on Saturday, supported via air spread from a US-drove military coalition.
“The seizure of the Qayara West landing strip … will be taken after. Its motivation is to make a logistics center there, so there will be US logistics bolster,” Carter told journalists.
The landing strip is “one of the center points from which … Iraqi security compels, joined and exhorted by us as required, will finish the southern-most envelopment of Mosul,” he included.
A senior US safeguard official contrasted the Qayara site with the Taqaddum airbase west of Baghdad, an operations focus nearer to the battling in Anbar area from where American troops have prompted Iraqi powers subsequent to 2015.
“The battle for Mosul … is the coming full circle fight, thus we require a solid area from which to extend and to bolster the Iraqis,” the authority said.
US authorities said Carter would meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khaled al-Obaidi in Baghdad.
He would likewise see US Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, the leader of the US-drove coalition doing combating ISIS, which cleared through vast swathes of Iraq and neighboring Syria two years back.