WASHINGTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Amid concerns over a militant group's advancement toward the Iraqi capital, U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday notified Congress that up to about 275 U.S. military personnel were deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the American embassy in Baghdad.
Obama said in a letter to Congressional leaders that the force, which began deploying on Sunday, has been sent "for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat."
"This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed," Obama wrote.
News Analysis: Obama in tough spot amid worsening Iraqi chaos
WASHINGTON, June 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is in a tough spot as Islamic militants sweep across northern Iraq, overtaking two major cities as tens of thousands of Iraqi government troops reportedly abandon their posts.
Fighters from the Sunni group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are reportedly beheading victims in a bid to instill fear as they sweep through the country's north, and have vowed to attack the national capital city of Baghdad. Full story