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Obama Sending 200 More US Troops To Iraq, Bringing Total To Nearly 800

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Obama notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday. Obama says the additions include security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat. He says their purpose is to protect U.S. citizens and property if needed.

Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.

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