Obama orders 350 more troops to Baghdad
The announcement came hours after ISIS released another video showing a masked militant executing Steven Sotloff
President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more U.S. troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.
The announcement came hours after the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released another video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a U.S. captive.
The Sunni extremist group has declared an Islamic “caliphate” in regions under its control in Iraq and Syria, after it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad and then stormed minority Christian and Yazidi areas.
The U.S. has been carrying out air strikes on ISIS positions in Iraq and already has hundreds of personnel shoring up diplomatic security in Iraq.
“The president authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional U.S. military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq,” a White House statement said.
“We will (also) continue to support the government of Iraq's efforts to counter ISIL, which poses a threat not only to Iraq, but to the broader Middle East and US personnel and interests in the region.”
Obama, on his way to Estonia and a NATO summit in Wales, “will be consulting this week with NATO allies regarding additional actions to take against ISIS and to develop a broad-based international coalition to implement a comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners in the fight against ISIS,” it said.
The latest troop movement “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,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.
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