President Obama on Tuesday approved sending 350 additional U.S. military personnel to Iraq to protect American facilities in Baghdad, part of a White House attempt to limit Islamic State of Iraq and Syria gains in the embattled region.
“The president has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, adding that the extra military personnel would not serve in a combat role.
“The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad,” Earnest said.
With Obama’s latest action, 820 military members will be in Iraq for diplomatic security purposes, the Pentagon said. Of those military personnel, 405 will be dispatched to Baghdad.