"[The source said] that these were people that were fleeing the clashes, the fighting [that is] going on between Iraqi security forces and ISIL in that neighbourhood of western Mosul, and that they had taken refuge in a "school house" in that area", Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoon, reporting from Erbil in northern Iraq, said.
Iraqi officials have since said the battle would be over by the end of May, though some military observers remain skeptical it will be completed before late summer.
An Iraqi official told Stars and Stripes about five bases near Mosul and the Iraq-Syria border where it would make the most sense to station United States soldiers.
Over time, US forces employed countermeasures that stopped or slowed their flight, enabling Iraqi ground forces to shoot them out of the sky, he said, noting that the new threat from the air led to dusting off old manuals on how to respond to threats from the air with countermeasures such as camouflage.
With regard to the progress in Mosul, the Iraqi Security Forces reduce the number of ISIS fighters with each passing day.
Officials say a suicide auto bomber has struck a USA military convoy in the Afghan capital, killing at least eight Afghan civilians and wounding three US service members.
The Pentagon has close to 7,000 troops in Iraq.
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Al-Abadi said that the American troops will be advisers who will help Iraq's security forces maintain "full readiness" for any future security challenges.
The U.S. intervention against the Islamic State group, launched in 2014, was originally cast as an operation that would largely be fought from the skies with a minimal footprint on Iraqi soil.
Rasool said Iraqi forces rescued 1,000 families on Thursday.
On Thursday, U.S. Special Operations Command chief Gen. Raymond Thomas refused to characterize the Afghan War as a stalemate, but did question the level of commitment to the war effort by the Obama administration.
Observers warn that jihadists could increasingly resort to using guerrilla tactics and bomb civilian targets, as anti-IS forces are also pressing a major offensive on their last major bastion of the terrorist group in Syria, the city of Raqqa.
The talks over a longer-term US presence has greatly concerned Iran, which in turn is increasing support to some of Iraq's Shiite militia forces, said Jafar al-Husseini, a representative from Kataib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shiite militia group with close ties to Iran.
Al-Abadi has long struggled to balance Iraq's dependence on both the US and Iran.
The major offensive is being supported by the US-led coalition.