Soldiers Sent to U.S. Embassy in Iraq

    Volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi Army to fight against predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), carry their weapons and wave the Iraqi flags during a parade in the streets in Al-Fdhiliya district, eastern Baghdad June 15, 2014. The insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of the country on Sunday, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border, clashing with police and government forces.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani  (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT) - RTR3TXCL

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    On Monday, the White House told Congress that 275 troops will be deployed to Iraq to protect the American Embassy and other interests in the embattled country. In addition, officials in the White House say U.S. special forces may go there to assist the Iraqi government with "non-operational training" as Baghdad fights terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). "The president was very clear that we will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," a White House spokeswoman said. "That remains the case and he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces." 

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