U.S. sends 275 military personnel to Iraq to support its Embassy

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(CNN) — The United States is sending about 275 military personnel to Iraq to support its Embassy in Baghdad, the White House said in a notification to Congress. They will help the State Department in connection with efforts to temporarily relocate some embassy staffers to consulates in Basra and Erbil as well as to a support group in Jordan. The embassy remains open and a “substantial majority” of its presence in Iraq will remain in place, the White House said.

While the United States and Iran are open to discussions over the threat posed in Iraq by Islamic extremists, these engagements will not include military coordination or strategy about Iraq’s future, a senior State Department official told CNN on Monday.

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2 comments

  • Ron

    Oh please dont let this turn into another Benghazi, where we send in people to protect embassies and U.S personnel and then ignore them when the security teams request immediate help.

  • Kelli Atwood

    If we are not going to enter this war then why put 275 men in Baghdad? Just get the Americans out now! Let’s NOT lose even one!

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