The US Army National Guardsmen will be joining forces with Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the Pentagon announced on Friday.
The announcement comes days after President Donald Trump signed a military strategy that calls for the US to help Iraq fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
In a statement, the US military said the Army National Military Command will take part in joint operations with Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.
The Army has been advising Iraqi forces in their battle against ISIS, which has overrun much of northern and western Iraq.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has also warned that ISIS could launch a major attack on the capital Baghdad in the coming days.
The US has deployed a small number of US special forces to Iraq in an effort to help the Iraqi forces battle the terror group.
The Pentagon’s announcement came as Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi warned that “an attack on Baghdad” could cause mass casualties and could cause a humanitarian disaster.ISIS is now on the defensive in its stronghold of Mosul after the fall of the Iraqi army’s northern stronghold.