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US to deploy new troops to Iraq to boost fight against Islamic State

The United States said on Tuesday it was deploying a new force of special operations to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State in both Iraq and neighboring Syria. It is a ratcheting up of Washington’s campaign against the group. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the deployment of the new “specialized expeditionary targeting force” was being carried out in coordination with Iraq’s government and would aid Iraqi government security forces and Kurdish peshmerga forces.

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