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350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama approved the additional troops for protection of American personnel following a request by the State Department and a review and recommendation by the Defense Department, the White House said in a statement.

The buildup of U.S. troops in Baghdad follows the growing threat from Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. Since early August the U.S. has carried out 124 airstrikes against the militants, the latest taking place near Mosul Dam on Monday.

The additional troops will not serve in a combat role, the White House said. Most are from the Army and some are Marines, the Pentagon said in a statement.

Approximately 820 troops have now been assigned to augment diplomatic security in Iraq, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's spokesman.

The additional troops 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, Kirby said. Fifty-five troops in Baghdad since June will be redeployed outside of Iraq and replaced by 405 newly deployed troops, he said.

The airstrike Monday near Mosul Dam involved fighters and attack aircraft that damaged or destroyed 16 armed vehicles, Central Command said in a statement late Tuesday.

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winfig5161 September 03 2014 at 2:06 AM

Oblahblahma is told what to do. He is inept as commander in chief for our soldiers. His hesitation and inability is costing innocent victims horrific deaths that are publicized. He was playing golf and couldn't be bothered. He is a muslim, he won't make any decisions for Americans during all this havoc. He wants others to tell him what to do, because he doesn't want to. He'll make lame executive decisions. When it comes to muslim war territory he is lame.

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SCOTT !!!!!!!! September 03 2014 at 3:08 AM

At least this time He is sending troops to protect Americans at the Embassey. Before they have to Beg and Plead to ask for help for their safety. Unlike Ambassador Stevens did and was ignored by the people he depended upone over here for help. If only we would have listened to Stevens when HE asked for help. We would have FOUR more Americans alive and well here in America. Ambassador Stevens would and could be home with his family and friends. How does feel Hillary and President Obma? I guess ISIS is being caused by a Video also EH?

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FUN September 03 2014 at 1:33 AM

hell with that place ,blacktop the whole region ,and turn it into a gas station

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oneracehorse September 03 2014 at 1:36 AM

i thought he said no ground troopsssssssssss.....what are the 1000

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bcrnbs2 September 03 2014 at 2:06 AM

less see this is a democratic congress with a democratic president, anyone care to count the number of little wars obama the whimp has us involved in.. if this was a republican presidnet, the libs would be crying foul ball

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toddisit September 03 2014 at 1:37 AM

The democractic war on terror, too weak. The republican war on terror, too overreaching. Anyone have any sense in DC? Answer my own question, hell no!

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jewel September 03 2014 at 3:12 AM

boy i bet they are going to run now..what and the hell is the matter with him??? what can you say to a dumb man like him ??? a kid can do better then he can.... come on.........

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drtie1 September 03 2014 at 2:03 AM

Mr. Obama said, "DUHHHHH."

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KatiaOne September 03 2014 at 1:39 AM

The Baghdad Hokey Pokey....just get it done already.

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donaldkshome KatiaOne September 03 2014 at 3:00 AM

@ Katia, it's more like Pocket pool, One hand on the trigger and the other in pocket feeling their Balls! The president says,,DUH!!!!! Wheres my balls at? !!!!

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croshatch September 03 2014 at 1:38 AM

Additional troops? 124 air strikes? So, apparently, all those who say the President isn't doing anything about ISIS are flat-out wrong. Yet I'm sure they will continue to complain.

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