By Tomáš Tengely-Evans
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Fresh war threat in Iraq

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Issue 2500
The US is deploying Apache attack helicopters to Iraq
The US is deploying Apache attack helicopters to Iraq (Pic: Flickr/DVIDSHUB)

The US is ramping up its military presence in Iraq as it prepares for an assault on the Isis-held northern city of Mosul.

US defence secretary Ashton Carter announced on Monday that the US will deploy Apache attack helicopters and 217 more troops.

The US has been bombing Iraq since September 2013. But this will take US ground troops closer to fighting on the frontline and is part of an escalation in Iraq and Syria.

His announcement comes after the US sent B-52 heavy bombers to Qatar that can be used in Iraq.

It also plans to give £300 million to Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Military defeat and revolution have weakened US imperialism in the region. Now it wants to regain the upper hand.

Meanwhile, the Syrian peace talks were near collapse on Tuesday as fighting rages on despite a ceasefire.

The US hopes that military force and patching together alliances will bolster its hand in the imperialist carve-up of Syria.

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