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Barack Obama Iraq

Orders more troops to Iraq

3 Sep, 2014

Obama orders 405 more troops to Iraq to protect the Baghdad Embassy Compound and its support facilities. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby:

The additional joint forces will come from within the U.S. Central Command area of operations and will include a headquarters element, medical personnel, associated helicopters, and an air liaison team

The troops add to around 775 authorized to deploy to Iraq since mid-June to combat ISIS. The numbers exclude around 100 who are based at the embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation – Iraq.