Latest – Per STATE DEPARTMENT REQUEST, US MARINES AND SOLDIERS ADDED TO US EMBASSY IM IRAQ

Iraq

From FNC Jennifer Griffin:

According to a senior US military official, the US is sending nearly 100 US troops, a combination of Marines and soldiers to the US Embassy in Baghdad.

This follows an announcement tonight from the Pentagon that DoD will be providing security assistance to the Embassy at the request of the State dept – see statement below.

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby

At the request of the State Department, the U.S. military is providing security assistance for our diplomatic facilities in Baghdad. A small number of DOD personnel are augmenting State Department security assets in Baghdad to help ensure the safety of our facilities. The temporary relocation of some embassy personnel is being facilitated aboard commercial, charter and State Department aircraft as appropriate. The U.S. military has airlift assets at the ready should State Department request them, as per normal inter-agency support arrangement.

Leave a Comment ()