Defense Secretary Ashton CarterÂ has said the U.S. will provide Kurdish peshmerga forces upÂ to $415 million in funds and allow advisers to join Iraqi troops as part of its campaign against the Islamic State militant organization, DoD News reported Thursday.
Jim Garamone writes Carter said in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services CommitteeÂ Thursday the U.S. will support Iraqi forcesâ land-based offensive operations in Mosul, Iraq, through the deployment of its artillery units and Apache helicopters.
He noted that the U.S. will fieldÂ 250 more uniformed personnel in Syria and that coalition forces will continue to provide logistics, sustainment and firepower support to defeat the organizationâs control in Mosul and Raqqa in Syria.
Carter also cited the role of local forces in the campaign against the Islamic State group.
âEnabling local forces — not substituting for them — is necessary to ensure a lasting defeat [of ISIL],â he added.