President Barack Obama said Thursday that up to 300 additional American military personnel will head to Iraq and assume an advisory role there amidst a growing insurgency that’s threatened the republic’s central government.
Speaking from the White House, Pres. Obama said the new deployment is meant “to assess how we can best train, advise and support Iraqi security forces going forward.”
The latest announcement comes only days after Pres. Obama said earlier this week that he was sending 275 armed troops to Baghdad as a security precaution after Islamic militants took two other major cities in the region by storm in a matter of only days.