President Obama wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner announcing that he would send 200 more American troops to Baghdad. This time it's a little bit different.
Earlier this month, the president pledged a group of 300 military advisers to "train and advise Iraqi forces." The arrival of the military advisers led to the first offensive by Iraqi forces since ISIS began its takeover of northern and western Iraq. At that same press conference, Obama declared, quite forcefully, that "American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq."
That may not be exactly true anymore. In his letter to Boehner, President Obama explained that these troops would not only be reinforcing security at the embassy in Baghdad, but would also be "equipped for combat." This would bring the total number of U.S. forces in Iraq to nearly 800.
Here's the text of the letter:
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