According Kurdistan 24, which was the first to report the story, citing Jalal Khalo, Deputy Mayjor of Sinjar, also known as Shingal, “15 military vehicles of US troops arrived on top of Mount Shingal and stationed themselves near Mira peak on the mountain.”
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His words were later picked up by Governor Khalil, who told the Anadolu Agency that the United States was preparing to establish a military base on the strategically important mountain.
Iraqi Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jubouri has, however, denied claims about of a new US base while speaking with Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Kurdistan 24 reported.
“US advisers are in Mosul, Qayyarah, and other parts of the Nineveh Province. They had told us that we should take precautionary measures at the border,” al-Jubouri said, claiming that the information came from unreliable sources.
He also said that Iraqi forces were mobilized to Sinjar to shield the Syria-Iraq border from Daesh* militants who may be trying to cross from Syria.
“The involvement of the US military in supporting Iraqi forces in securing the border does not go beyond its scope, which is to provide military advice,” the official said.