The first troops will come from forces presently stationed in the Middle East. Troops will be grouped into teams of a dozen each. The first teams will be sent to Baghdad and the surrounding areas, and then to northern Iraq. Their main objective will be to assess the needs and capabilities of the Iraqi forces, and also assist with gathering intelligence.
Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to travel to the Middle East and Europe to speak about the problems in Iraq. President Obama reiterated that the U.S. will not be putting boots on the ground in Iraq. "We always have to guard against mission creep," the president said. "American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again." Before the announcement, President Obama met with his national security team and leaders of congress.
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