The White House announced Tuesday it had deployed another 300 troops to Iraq to provide security for the American Embassy in Baghdad. These 300 were in addition to the 300 military advisors announced by President Barack Obama two weeks ago, and will bring the total U.S. troop presence in the newly-embattled nation to 775.
“The presence of these additional forces will help enable the embassy to continue its critical diplomatic mission and work with Iraq on challenges they are facing as they confront Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby wrote in a statement Monday.
The announcement comes as Obama attempts to lend support to an Iraqi government faltering under the pressure of attacks from Sunni insurgents, while keeping combat troops out of Iraq, a prospect wildly unpopular with the American public.
Meanwhile, a small number of Embassy staff has been moved to different locations in the region, a number in addition to some employees who were evacuated last month.
[h/t Associated Press]
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