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(WASHINGTON) -- Three hundred fifty additional American troops will go to Iraq, the White House announced Tuesday, to protect U.S. personnel.
The Pentagon reviewed a State Department request for the troops and recommended approval, which President Obama granted, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
"The additional forces will not serve a combat role," Earnest said.
The troops will allow some already in Iraq to leave, Earnest said.
In Tuesday’s press briefing, Earnest reiterated Obama's stance that the U.S. will not send combat troops to fight in Iraq.
Obama is also sending top advisers to the region, Earnest announced: "As part of this effort, Secretary [John] Kerry, Secretary [Chuck] Hagel, and President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, Lisa Monaco, will be traveling separately to the region in the near-term to build a stronger regional partnership."
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