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― Patrick Henry
Obama announces 275 US troops WILL be sent to Iraq to protect American embassy days after saying they would not return
President Obama announced on Monday evening that US ground troops 'equipped for combat' are being sent to Iraq - just days after claiming that no American soldiers would be deployed to the war-torn country.
In a letter to Congress, the president said American troops will be returning to Iraq only three years after they left and their deployment began on Sunday.
However, Obama said that their only purpose will specifically be to protect US personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad - and not join in the fierce fighting raging outside the Iraqi capital.
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Executive decision to deploy troops: President Barack Obama waves as he walks with first lady Michelle Obama on their return to the White House from a trip to California, on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Washington