LONDON – U.S. President Barack Obama is deploying up to 275 troops to Iraq to "provide support and security" for U.S. staff and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, as Sunni militants continue a campaign of insurgency headed for the country's capital. He informed Congress of the decision in a letter sent Monday to House and Senate leaders John Boehner and Patrick Leahy. "This force is deploying for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat," Obama said in the letter. "This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed." On Friday, the White House signaled the U.S. was preparing to re-engage militarily in Iraq, though it ruled out the deployment of ground troops. Around 170 of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel covered in the letter are already in Iraq, with another 100 held in waiting in Kuwait, the Guardian reported.
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