Barack Obama has agree to send 350 more military personnel to Iraq protect U.S. facilities and personnel in Baghdad.
The moves comes at the recommendation of the Defense Department, but the additional personnel will not be serving in a combat role, the White House said in a statement. Most are from the Army and some are Marines, the Pentagon said.
“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. The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq.
Approximately 820 troops have now been assigned to augment diplomatic security in Iraq, said Rear Adm.
Last week, Obama said he was still searching for solutions to deal with the increasingly violent terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS. Pressure mounted Tuesday as the organization released a video purporting to show a militant executing a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.
U.S. Central Command said Tuesday evening that the airstrike conducted Monday in northern Iraq involved fighters and attack aircraft.
Central Command said it was the 124th airstrike in Iraq since operations against ISIS began in early August.