100 Marines, 2 Apaches being sent to secure US Embassy in Iraq from Iran-backed group

The Pentagon has directed at least 100 Marines to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following violent protests that have sent U.S. diplomats into hiding.

Following a State Department request for protection at the embassy, the Marines were approved by Iraqi Security Forces and deployed via Chinook helicopters with two Apache attack helicopters providing air support, U.S. Central Command spokesman Mike Lawhorn told Military Times.

The Marines are reportedly from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, a ground force deployed to the Middle East that specializes in crisis response, U.S. officials told Military.com.

Read more here: https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/12/100-marines-2-apaches-being-sent-to-secure-us-embassy-in-iraq-from-iran-backed-group/

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