Iraq has for the first time deployed troops trained by the US-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), sending 3,000 of them in recent days, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.
Colonel Steve Warren told reporters travelling with Ash Carter, the defence secretary that 500 Sunni tribesmen, whose training by Iraqis was overseen by US troops, were also taking part in the operation. He declined to say how many Iraqi forces in total were involved in the Ramadi operation.
This will be interesting. Very little news has been forthcoming on the proposed assault.