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Obama: 275 troops can go to Iraq

About 275 US military personnel could deploy to Iraq, President Barack Obama said tonight.

Mr Obama said the forces were going to provide support and security for US personnel and the US embassy in Baghdad. He says the forces are equipped for combat and will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed.

About 160 troops are already in Iraq, including 50 US Marines and more than 100 soldiers, some of whom have only recently arrived.

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