US: Baghdad a 'legitimate threat' to fall, Pentagon says

June 27, 2014 2:45 PM

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US: Baghdad a 'legitimate threat' to fall, Pentagon says

Ninety US military advisers have arrived in Baghdad to begin assessing Iraqi security forces’ ability to regain control of the embattled country, with the Pentagon acknowledging for the first time that the Iraqi capital could fall to Islamist militants.

The new arrivals joined 40 American troops sent to Baghdad on June 15 to form 130 of the up to 300 US forces that President Barack Obama announced last week he was rushing to Iraq to help counter a two-week offensive by the militants.

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