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Obama orders 350 more US troops to Baghdad: White House

Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:47 AM
 
President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered another 350 US troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff there. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered about 350 more US troops to Baghdad to protect American diplomatic facilities and staff in the Iraqi capital, the White House said.

The announcement came hours after the so-called Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL), released another video showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive.  

The Sunni extremist group has declared an Islamic caliphate in regions under its control in Iraq and Syria, after it swept through much of the Sunni Arab heartland north of Baghdad and then stormed minority Christian and Yazidi areas.  

The US has been carrying out air strikes on IS positions in Iraq and already has hundreds of personnel shoring up diplomatic security in Iraq.  

 
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