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U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United States will send about 560 more troops to Iraq to step up the campaign against Islamic State and advise local forces in a plan to retake the militants' stronghold in Mosul this year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday.

Some of them will go to the Qayara airbase which Iraqi forces recaptured on Saturday near the northern city, he added during a trip to Baghdad.

The deployment will raise the cap on U.S. troops in Iraq to about 4,650.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati; Writing by Stephen Kalin)

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