Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment, fire 30 mm bullets from an AH-64D Apache helicopter M230 chain gun on 13 October 2011 during gunnery exercises at Fort Carson, Colorado ((Image © Dustin Senger / USAR)

Obama: Apache attack helos to Iraq

The US is sending AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Iraq in support of the campaign against so-called Islamic State forces. US president Barrack Obama decided to send extra US troops also.

The decision to send Apache means the US will base aircraft in Iraq for the first time since officialy pulling out its military in the troubled country in December 2011. The move comes ahead of a Iraqi military push to recapture the city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city.

US forces are already in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers. The added Apaches also bring 200 additional troops, bringing the total of US troops in the country to 4,087.

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Featured image: An Apache fires its gun. (Image © Dustin Senger / US Army)