Patrol base six and nine north of Mosul are small bases with about fifty soldiers, where US, Iraqi and Kurdish troops live. Here, the US troops train the Iraqi and Kurdish troops as well as going out on joint patrols. Marez is the big base of Mosul and the home of the US Special Forces. Isolated from the rest of the base they operate from here taking part on special missions in the middle of the night, which are being conducted together with the Iraqi Special Forces (ISOF). Several houses are being raided in Tal Afar where the Special Forces expect to arrest suspects involved in the production of car bombs.
The BBC stated, “Under a US-Iraq deal, all US troops must pull out by the end of 2011. The remaining troops will be part of what the Americans have termed AABs (Advise and Assist Brigades), but to suggest that they are non-combat forces is misleading. They are fully armed and can switch to combat immediately if asked to do so by the Iraqis. They can also act alone in self-defence without Iraqi permission.”