Tuesday, 01 July 2014 - 17:19
Obama sends more troops to Baghdad as Iraq battles to stop offensive
US President Barack Obama has deployed 200 more troops to Baghdad to protect the US embassy as Iraq's parliament was set to convene today, to seek a solution to the country's sectarian crisis.
Obama said in a letter to Congress released on Monday and I quote: "In light of the security situation in Baghdad, I have ordered up to approximately 200 additional US Armed Forces personnel to Iraq to reinforce security at the US Embassy, its support facilities, and the Baghdad International Airport. Unquote.
The latest deployment which the Pentagon said had arrived in Iraq on Sunday brings the number of US troops and embassy security forces to 800, following the sudden advance of the Sunni militants that has left nearly 2,000 people dead this month.