Obama sending 350 more troops to protect U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 02, 2014 8:44 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has ordered about 350 more troops to Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby added that the move would bring the total number of U.S. military personnel responsible for bolstering diplomatic security in Iraq up to about 820.

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(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Peter Cooney)