President Obama sending 405 military personnel to provide security to Baghdad Embassy Compound for net of 350 – click to read


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






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