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U.S. sending 300 more troops to Iraq

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — The United States has increased its military presence in Iraq, ordering 300 more troops to the violence-ravaged nation, the Pentagon announced Monday.

ISIS militants have “continued to pose a legitimate threat to Baghdad and its environs,” a U.S. official told CNN. “We have seen them reinforce themselves around Baghdad enough to convince us more troops was the prudent thing to do.”

The new troops, 200 of whom arrived Sunday and Monday, will provide security for the U.S. Embassy, the Baghdad airport and other facilities in Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

The deployment includes “a detachment of helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, which will bolster airfield and travel route security,” Kirby said in a written statement.

The airport is in western Baghdad about 12 miles by helicopter from the embassy in the capital’s fortified Green Zone.

The 300 troops are in addition to 300 U.S. advisers who will help train Iraq’s security forces. They will bring the total of American forces in Iraq to about 800 troops.

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  • Thedeanofmen

    This is the way Vietnam started for the US. All Americans need to be evacuated and let them settle it. Hopefully the region will return to pre WW1 borders.

  • Kit

    All they need to do is strafe the highways with jet fighters and that will drive them back to Syria. The ISIS army is out numbered by the Iraqi government troops. Good grief. Can't let these ISIS bozos gain any inch of territory.

  • S_Hunter

    " I will not send troops to Iraq, er I mean, I will send only 300 troops, er I mean 600, uh ahem, er UH I mean 800, er uh, wellllll, WHAT THE HELL PEOPLE. LETS GO BACK!

    HMMMM did anyone NOT see this coming?