More American Troops to Guard US Embassy in Iraq

As Islamic militants approach Baghdad, President Obama raises security at the U.S. Embassy.
2:27 | 06/17/14

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To the crisis in Iraq. American troops are guarding the U.S. Embassy right now. More are on the way as president Obama prepares his next moves and the brutal islamic militant group gains more ground moving closer to Baghdad. ABC's Martha Raddatz is there with the latest this morning. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, George. The focus of the U.S. Right now protecting American personnel in the U.S. Embassy. The focus of the Iraqis, defending their country. This morning, with reports that jihadist fighters have taken control of parts of baqubah just 37 miles from Baghdad young Iraqi men lined the treat markets scrambling to find discarded U.S. And Iraqi military gear so they could join the fight to defend their city. This as president Obama has told congress he will send as many as 275 soldiers and Marines to Iraq and the region to protect U.S. Embassy personnel here. More than 100 are already here to help secure the $700 million fortress, the size of 80 football fields built to withstand attacks. The president is also considering sending up to 100 U.S. Special forces to help advise Iraqi troops. With numerous Iraqi cities captured, the president keeping all options open. A U.S. Warship now on the move equipped with five os pray, tilt rotor aircraft to be used in any evacuation. But in the U.S. Decides to attack more options. An aircraft carrier in the persian gulf capable of launching 40 fighter jets to strike Isis militants. There are also two additional U.S. Warships nearby able to launch cruise missiles. And the U.S. Still considering further talks with Iran about how to push the militants back, but this would not involve any military coordination. Secretary of state John Kerry telling yahoo!'s Katie couric -- I think we are open to any constructive process here that could minimize the violence, hold Iraq together, the integrity of the country and eliminate the presence of outside terrorist forces. Reporter: Of course, the violence continues here right in Baghdad. A bomb going off right where those young men are buying military equipment. George? Okay, Martha, thanks.

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