An additional 200 U.S. troops have arrived in Iraq to provide security for U.S. personnel and property, further boosting the American contingent there, the
The troops, who arrived Sunday, are in addition to up to 300 special operations personnel who have been sent to help Iraqi government forces deal with the threat of Sunni extremists who have seized large stretches of northern and western Iraq and are advancing toward Baghdad.
An additional 275 troops were sent earlier this month to bolster security.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the 200 troops will provide additional security for
The troops will come with a detachment of helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles, Kirby said.
The militant group, which had called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, said over the weekend that it was renaming itself the Islamic State.