Obama Sends More Troops to Iraq to Protect US Embassy

by Editor | July 1, 2014 3:17 am

THE GUARDIAN – The Obama administration said on Monday it has sent yet another complement of US troops to safeguard its Baghdad embassy, a measure intended to ward off another Benghazi-style assault on American diplomats.

It brings the number of US military personnel flowing into Iraq to 750, up from 100 barely two weeks ago.

The latest troop deployment, announced by the Pentagon on Monday, adds 300 US troops for the task of protecting the embassy, including 100 whom the administration announced weeks ago had been pre-positioned outside Iraq on standby. Specialising in tasks like airfield management and logistics, the new deployment more than doubles the 170 marines and others already in charge of embassy security.

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