The other Americans range from Apache helicopter pilots to intelligence analysts at Iraq’s military headquarters.
“Our men and women in uniform, who are serving in Iraq, are putting themselves in harm’s way,” said the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. “There’s no one, including the commander in chief, who would downplay the risks that they are taking on our behalf.”
09:08 Iraqi forces launch push to take western Mosul from IS20
07:31 Iraqi forces launch push to retake western half of Mosul from ISIS21
06:18 Iraq forces launch operation to retake west Mosul, says PM Haider al-Abadi18
16:09 US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while11