WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said Monday he had sent up to 200 US extra troops equipped for combat, with surveillance gear and helicopters, to protect the US Embassy in Baghdad.
Together with a 275-strong embassy protection force already sent and another 300 US special forces charged with advising the Iraqi army, the deployment will mean nearly 800 US soldiers will be in Iraq, following the sudden advance of Sunni Islamic State radicals.
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23:51 Lawmakers to Pentagon: Stop ordering veterans to repay their bonuses17
22:29 The Pentagon demanded money back from National Guard soldiers. It’s still reviewing what to do next13
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