Barack Obama announces that 275 U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and the American embassy in Baghdad. He says the troops are ‘equipped for combat’ but will remain on security detail in Baghdad and will not join in fighting outside the capital. The White House says the Iraqi government consents to the troop deployment. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:
The personnel will provide assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman [Jordan]. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad remains open and a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.