From FNC’s Justin Fishel:
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on Security
Personnel in Iraq
“The President’s action todaywill result in a net increase of approximately
350 additional military personnel on the ground in Baghdad providing
security at the Baghdad Embassy Compound and its support facilities.
This builds upon previous embassy security deployments announced on June 15
and June 30 and will bring the total forces responsible for augmenting
diplomatic security in Iraq up to approximately 820.
The additional joint forces will come from within the U.S. Central Command
area of operations and will include a headquarters element, medical
personnel, associated helicopters, and an air liaison team.
In all, 405 U.S. military personnel will be sent to Baghdad to provide a
more robust and sustainable security presence to help the Department of
State continue their critical mission.
With this order, 55 personnel who have been in Baghdad since June will
redeploy outside of Iraq. Those 55 personnel will remain postured to deal
with other security contingencies in the region, if necessary.
The Department of Defense will continue to plan and prepare further military
options should they become necessary, and we will remain ready to protect
our diplomats, our citizens, and our interests in Iraq, while we continue to
work with the Iraqi government to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the
Defense Press Office, Duty Officer
Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs