Despite a promise to keep American troops out of war, U.S. President Barack Obama informed Congress that about 275 military forces are being deployed in Iraq to provide support and security for US personnel and the US Embassy.
Support and security role
The troops, according to Obama, are equipped for combat and will stay in Iraq until the security situation becomes stable.
In a separate statement, three federal authorities said the White House was also planning to send a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to Iraq.
Their mission would concentrate on training and advising struggling Iraqi troops.
Obama’s decision comes after the administration was considering a variety of options to deal with the escalating situation in Iraq.
In a rare move, United States is willing to talk with Iran to discuss ways to help stop the militants called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Secretary of State John Kerry stressed that any interactions with Iran would move “step-by-step.”