Under the direction of President Barack Obama, the US military increased its 'security personnel' presence in Iraq by sending approximately 200 more Americans to improve security at the US embassy, its support facilities, and Baghdad International Airport.
A statement from the Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby released Monday said, "The president authorized this augmentation as a prudent measure to protect US citizens and property." The additional personnel arrived in Iraq on Sunday and Monday from locations within the US Central Command area of responsibility. They come with helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles in hopes of improving airfield and travel route security.
Kirby noted, "Similar to the US security personnel who arrived in Baghdad earlier this month to provide support and security for US personnel and the US Embassy in Baghdad, they will integrate with existing US embassy security teams." "The presence of these additional forces will help enable the embassy to continue its critical diplomatic mission and work with Iraq on challenges they are facing as they confront Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," he reiterated.