U.S. May Put Forces at Iraqi Bases in Effort to Retake Mosul

PARIS — American commanders are considering whether to establish a presence at Iraqi military outposts and bases north of Baghdad ahead of a looming fight against Islamic State militants in Mosul, defense officials said on Friday.

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the country’s top military officer, said discussions between American and Iraqi commanders and officials had begun on how American forces will “integrate” with Iraqi military units to take back Mosul.

“It’s fair to say that we will have positions up in the north that will facilitate supporting Iraqi security forces,” General Dunford told reporters traveling with him in Paris.

One of the crucial questions to be…

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