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US troops reach Iraq's Ain Assad base ahead of ISIS battles in Anbar

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Additional US troops have been deployed to Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province in western Baghdad, security sources told The Baghdad Post on Thursday. 

The sources said that "these forces will participate in the operations to recapture districts of Annah, Rawah and Qa'im from ISIS terror group. 

In March, there were reports of joint preparations between the international coalition and the security forces for a major offensive to restore these areas.

Although security forces have restored most of Anbar province in 2016, ISIS still controls some enclaves from which sporadic attacks are launched.

US forces participated in clearing districts north-west of Ramadi last March. The troops launched from the Ain al-Assad base. 

In 2016, the US announced 600 additional troops would be dispatched to Iraq with the start of the battle to liberate Mosul from ISIS.

US officials say the role of US forces will be limited to providing training and consultations to Iraqi security forces.

The number of US troops in Iraq exceeds 5,000 personnel, according to the Pentagon.