As terrorists aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria make their way through the northern region of Iraq, capturing cities along their way to the capital of Baghdad, many have called on Barack Obama to send American troops to aid in a war he previously declared was over.
According to a letter he sent to congressional leaders this week, Obama plans to send soldiers to the embattled nation; however, they will not be deployed specifically for combat duty.
“Starting on June 15, 2014,” the letter stated, “up to approximately 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.”
He explained that troops will be equipped for combat, should it become necessary.
“This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed.”
The announcement came just days after Obama confirmed he was weighing his options regarding how to deal with the devolving situation between Iraqi soldiers and ISIS militants. He stated unequivocally, however, that sending in combat troops was not an option.
In his latest correspondence with Congress, Obama wrote that the move to send in troops was based on his “responsibility to protect U.S. citizens both at home and abroad, and in furtherance of U.S. national security and foreign policy interests” related to his constitutional responsibilities.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest released a statement indicating that the soldiers’ responsibilities will include providing “assistance to the Department of State in connection with the temporary relocation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.”
While hundreds of individuals instructed to leave the embassy last week, the White House statement confirmed it “remains open, and a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.”
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