Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

2014-09-11 09:15
(US Army, Staff Sergeant Michael Behlin/ AFP

(US Army, Staff Sergeant Michael Behlin/ AFP

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Washington - President Barack Obama is sending 475 more US troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants and secure diplomatic facilities.

Obama was announcing the additional forces on Wednesday as part of an expanded offensive against the Islamic State group in Iraq and in Syria.

The new troops would join more than 1 000 US military personnel in Iraq and would be embedded with Iraqi security forces and help identify targets for US military airstrikes against the extremist group.

The US already has more than 750 US military personnel supporting diplomatic security at facilities in Baghdad and nearly 300 at joint operating centres in Baghdad and Irbil.

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