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130 more US troops in Iraq to 'assess' situation

By The Associated Press in Camp Pendleton, California and Canberra ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-14 07:09:01

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Another 130 US troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain and evaluate options for getting them out.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the deployment in remarks to Marines at a southern California base on the final stop of a weeklong, around-the-world trip that also took him to India, Germany and Australia.

130 more US troops in Iraq to 'assess' situation

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