Breaking: Obama approves sending 350 more troops back into Baghdad

posted at 9:11 pm on September 2, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

These troops are being sent to protect the American embassy and the airport in Baghdad, and allow a contingent of troops already there to exit safely. They will “not serve in a combat role,” according to the White House.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized a request for an additional 350 troops to be sent to Iraq to protect American diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, according to a statement released by the White House. “The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad,” the statement said.

Here’s the full statement on the move from Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

Today, the President authorized the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of State request for approximately 350 additional U.S. military personnel to protect our diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad, Iraq. This action was taken at the recommendation of the Department of Defense after an extensive interagency review, and is part of the President’s commitment to protect our personnel and facilities in Iraq as we continue to support the Government of Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). These additional forces will not serve in a combat role.

The President has made clear his commitment to doing whatever is required to provide the necessary security for U.S. personnel and facilities around the world. The request he approved today will allow some previously deployed military personnel to depart Iraq, while at the same time providing a more robust, sustainable security force for our personnel and facilities in Baghdad.

In addition to our efforts to protect our personnel, we will continue to support the Government of Iraq’s efforts to counter ISIL, which poses a threat not only to Iraq, but to the broader Middle East and U.S. personnel and interests in the region. The President will be consulting this week with NATO allies regarding additional actions to take against ISIL and to develop a broad-based international coalition to implement a comprehensive strategy to protect our people and to support our partners in the fight against ISIL. As part of this effort, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, Lisa Monaco, will be traveling separately to the region in the near-term to build a stronger regional partnership.

According to some State Dept. and foreign affairs reporters on Twitter, this is the original request, reported August 20:

The U.S. State Department has asked for 300 additional American military personnel to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and at U.S. facilities at the Baghdad airport, a senior U.S. official told NBC News on Wednesday.

The request was described as under consideration by the Pentagon. The official could not identify or discuss any additional threat to those facilities or to American personnel in Iraq. The U.S. military has 849 personnel in Iraq.

The early planning suggests that about 150 of the personnel would be Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is aboard the USS Bataan in the Persian Gulf, a U.S. military official said.

A platoon of about 50 Marines is in Baghdad already, providing security, and would return to its base in Bahrain, resulting in a net increase of about 100 Marines in Baghdad initially.

At this rate, Democrats aren’t going to stop fretting anytime soon.


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Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Call Oslo!

tanked59 on September 2, 2014 at 10:35 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Good point..just like Benghazi was a test, Syria was a Test…

…Ukraine was a Test…Fort Hood was a Test…the
Boston Marathon Bombing was a Test…

Wait, that’s a hell of a lot of Tests that he Failed….

Geez, you’d think the guy was the North Korean dictator
trying those Rocket tests that fail all the time….

But you keep the Faith Citizen….

ToddPA on September 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Schadenfreude

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Indeed forest

cmsinaz on September 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

This … is a test? Do you read what you write? As if the sun and stars line up daily as a backdrop to Dear Leader.

Leave aside the fantasy that he has shouldered any crisis during his presidency with even a modicum of leadership, dignity or grace. The fact remains that clinical sycophants such as yourself color every single event our nation faces, the worlds faces through the prism of how it serves obama or how he needs cover for some sophomoric misstep.

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Betting 350 troops in Benghazi a couple years ago would mean we’d still have four foreign service diplomats breathing the stale air.

BKeyser on September 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Based on all the other lies I think that may be one as well. Show me the pictures. Media has posted 2 beheading in last 2 weeks. I can handle a bloody Bin Laden. And I think we can safely say it will not piss off the terrorist any more then they are now.

mechkiller_k on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

This is a test.

AA for the win

I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Putin says “Hi” from Kiev.

nobar on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden and he will destroy ISIS.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

and then he will kill those Americans who destroy ISIS, just like he did to those who killed binladen .

burrata on September 2, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Army or Marines?

diogenes on September 2, 2014 at 10:48 PM

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Putin says “Hi” from Kiev.

nobar on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The champ lands a solid right and the challenger staggers …

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Wake up. Nonp is a puppet.

CW on September 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Wake up. Nonp is a puppet.

CW on September 2, 2014 at 10:58 PM

For coolrepublica.

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Two beheaded journalists will not be rising from the dead. Your cult leader is evil.

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Our troops must be wearing sneakers.

307wolverine on September 2, 2014 at 11:16 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Ambassador Stevens was not available for comment.

307wolverine on September 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Just a child.

Bmore on September 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

How do you define a rise to the occasion?

corkie on September 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

.
This … is a test? Do you read what you write? . . . . . As if the sun and stars line up daily as a backdrop to Dear Leader.

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

.
This deployment is a “TEST” . . . . . it is only a “TEST” . . . . . if it were an actual deployment, there would be some kind of crisis going on, that requires “boots on the ground” to be engaged in ACTUAL COMBAT.

But don’t worry about it . . . . . ’cause it’s only a “TEST” . . . . . feel better ?

listens2glenn on September 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

A test? Of what, blind faith?

Oh, that’s right, you did say you have faith.

And it’s obvious you can’t see.

itsspideyman on September 2, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Uh huh. Can you say “Vietnam?”

rbj on September 2, 2014 at 9:17 PM
.

“vee-et-nahm” and we could have won that war as well.

V7_Sport on September 2, 2014 at 9:49 PM

.
We (US Military) did win that war in Nam. Politicians and the MSM lost it.

Sniper on September 2, 2014 at 9:55 PM

.
Whenever politicians set the ROEs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : (

listens2glenn on September 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

This … is a test? Do you read what you write? As if the sun and stars line up daily as a backdrop to Dear Leader.

Leave aside the fantasy that he has shouldered any crisis during his presidency with even a modicum of leadership, dignity or grace. The fact remains that clinical sycophants such as yourself color every single event our nation faces, the worlds faces through the prism of how it serves obama or how he needs cover for some sophomoric misstep.

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Putin says “Hi” from Kiev.

nobar on September 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

The champ lands a solid right and the challenger staggers …

hawkdriver on September 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Two beheaded journalists will not be rising from the dead. Your cult leader is evil.

faraway on September 2, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Ambassador Stevens was not available for comment.

307wolverine on September 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

How do you define a rise to the occasion?

corkie on September 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

This deployment is a “TEST” . . . . . it is only a “TEST” . . . . . if it were an actual deployment, there would be some kind of crisis going on, that requires “boots on the ground” to be engaged in ACTUAL COMBAT.

But don’t worry about it . . . . . ’cause it’s only a “TEST” . . . . . feel better ?

listens2glenn on September 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

nonp has shown he has talent as a straight man.

Every post on target and deadly accurate.

*clap* *clap*

itsspideyman on September 2, 2014 at 11:48 PM

“Oh, Afghanistan…”

Del Dolemonte on September 2, 2014 at 11:51 PM

350?!?!?

If I were one of those troops Benghazi would be replaying over and over in my mind.

Either send enough to do the job, or get the hell out! No more American lives for nothing!

KMC1 on September 3, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Wow, I’d hate to be in our nations military right now.

These are just enough troops to be slaughtered if any significant force comes along.

Terrible.

Baggi on September 3, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Obama has obviously never heard of Paul Ray Smith and I suppose he hasn’t seen Black Hawk Down yet…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ray_Smith

Kaptain Amerika on September 3, 2014 at 12:15 AM

When was the last time Obama “rose to the occasion”?

When he glorified Trayvon? When he sent his flunky, Holder, to Ferguson? When he prayed with Jeremiah Wright? When he campaigned with the terrorist, Bill Ayres? When he took that Benghazi 3am call? When he sold his Illinois seat? When he unsealed the divorce records of his political opponents? When he sealed all of his own records? When he attacked the Supreme Court in the State of the Union?

He is in a classless class of his own, the very champion of descent.

virgo on September 3, 2014 at 12:16 AM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

How quickly Progressives are to re-write history…

Unanswered Questions on the Spill
Published: April 30, 2010

“Yet the administration should not have waited, and should have intervened much more quickly on its own initiative.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/01/opinion/01sat1.html?_r=0

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 3, 2014 at 1:27 AM

Hmm. Are the liberals now claiming that the Republicans gutted the budget for security, so that they were forced to hire local security for the Embassy?

Just askin’

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2014 at 2:26 AM

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Pelosi Schmelosi on September 3, 2014 at 1:27 AM

+1000

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2014 at 2:27 AM

How do you define a rise to the occasion?

corkie on September 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

First, you have to upload a picture of it to the cloud. Then you have to have someone steal same and spread it to the media.

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2014 at 2:30 AM

Betting 350 troops in Benghazi a couple years ago would mean we’d still have four foreign service diplomats breathing the stale air.

BKeyser on September 2, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Didn’t see this. My apologies for near plagiarism.

unclesmrgol on September 3, 2014 at 2:32 AM

It is tragic that Democrats in America voted to abandon the Iraqis after the peace had been secured by selecting Obama who explicitly promised to do so.

Now we all pay for their callousness.

Perspicacious on September 3, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Another token designed to con people into thinking he’s actually doing something. How long will he continue get away with this phony charade before people wise up?

rplat on September 3, 2014 at 7:17 AM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Hogwash! You and your political messiah are lost in a thick fog without a compass or a map.

rplat on September 3, 2014 at 7:19 AM

will liberals now admit obama’s retreat from iraq was a mistake

will liberals admit isis is not a JV team.

Will the liberal media scream about more boots on the ground.

will the liberals admit obama is reacting to events instead of leading them.

This 350 troops in with some out resulting in an increase of 100 boots on the ground is not an inchon or normandy event

this is more like Saigon 1975

sniffles1999 on September 3, 2014 at 7:31 AM

I guess sending troops periodically is the Obama Strategery (not to be confused with a strategy).

J_Crater on September 3, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Well then maybe you could come up with a prayer to him, perhaps something similar to what Venezuela came up for Hugo Chavez…

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/09/02/lord-prayer-in-venezuela-invokes-chavez-lead-us-not-into-temptation-capitalism/

Star Bird on September 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Are these some more pathetic rules of engagement that will get our warriors killed. Turn em loose you pathetic socialist.

crosshugger on September 3, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Betcha bowe bergdahl and his daddy are enjoying themselves.

crosshugger on September 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

History shows this is the winning strategy for sure, I feel secure knowing that Our President is In Office.

Tard on September 3, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Oh, and since you guys are stupid:

/sarcasm

Tard on September 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM

“Rising to the occasion” is not relative.

OK, technically when you’ve been cowering in the corner, all slouched over – paralyzed with indecision and fear and you finally stand up that is rising. However, that doesn’t count.

Yes, I know you cult members like to just say that your leader is just so super smart and he is using his superior intellect to consider every possible scenario and outcome.

That sort of absurd spin only works on the true believers.

reaganaut on September 3, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Obama didn’t do a damn thing to get Bin Laden. If it wasn’t an election year at the time, he would have given the order to STAND DOWN. GUARANTEED. Because that’s WHO HE IS. Then he would have tried to cover it all up.

350 soldiers on the ground is nothing but kidnapping bait. He is setting up another blackhawk down scenario. Where we’re unprepared, undermanned and undergunned.

Obama should resign in disgrace, and allow an adult to fight the WAR that HE WON’T.

Meople on September 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Dude, you might want to wipe your chin – you got some Obama schhmutz dripping there a bit.

Midas on September 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

This is a test. I’m confident that President Obama will rise to the occasion, as he has time and time again. I have faith in him.

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Surely you jest.

He has failed at every single issue and cause. Even those you hold dear.

The man is an utter failure. And now so are the rest of us.

Obama fails, America fails.

That is why we hate him.

petunia on September 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Obama surrendered to the terror.

He is a coward.

petunia on September 3, 2014 at 10:27 AM

No more of OUR troops on the ground. Must eradicate the animals once and for all. Let France and Britain clean up the mess they made and stop looking to America to bleed and die for them. Napalms sounds like a good and effective way to rid the planet of these animals. Boots on the ground will not do it! Obama doesn’t want his brothers curtailed!

Roselle on September 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I hate to ask but did obama authorize ammo for their weapons to be sent with these troops?

jaywemm on September 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Foreign Contingency Operations … nothing to worry about.
King Putt (with PenNphone) will answer the 3 AM call.
Just ask Ambassador Stevens.
Oh … wait … what?

Missilengr on September 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM

oh, shizzle, no more endless war for oil, amirite?

The Schaef on September 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Obama destroyed Osama Bin Laden

nonpartisan on September 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Actually he dithered for 3 weeks making the decision that real Americans could make in a heartbeat. Obama is a coward. Seal Team 6 were the real heroes.

dominigan on September 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

It would be best if they were all as JTAC’s with support crew and equipment.

jake49 on September 3, 2014 at 3:23 PM

God, help our military men and women.

Carnac on September 3, 2014 at 3:49 PM

350 Troops? WTF? Are you giving them a death sentence dumbarse?

F_This on September 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM

However, before arriving in Iraq, all military personnel will be required to remove their boots and wear furry pink rat-rat slippers while there–thus fulfilling Obama’s pledge of “no boots on the ground.”

BMF on September 4, 2014 at 8:41 AM

So what . . . that’s barely more than one reinforced infantry company. This whole thing is an absolute farce.

rplat on September 4, 2014 at 2:27 PM

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