U.S. military using Apache helicopters in the battle for Mosul

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Source: France 24

The United States is using Apache helicopters in the battle to retake Iraq’s second city of Mosul after more than two years of Islamic State group rule, the Pentagon said.

The US military, backing the ground campaign by Iraqi forces, is directing the attack helicopters against explosives-packed vehicles the jihadist group is employing for suicide bombings, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Monday.

The helicopters are being used “with significant effect” in Mosul, he said.

“We anticipate that this nimble and precise capability will continue to enable Iraqi progress in what we expect will be tough fighting to come,” Cook added.

However, few helicopters are being used, with officials suggesting that the number of choppers is in the single digits.

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