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U.S. sends additional 130 military personnel to northern Iraq Updated: 2014-08-13 14:31:40 KST

U.S. sends additional 130 military personnel to northern Iraq
The United States is beefing up its presence in Iraq.
Washington says it will send an additional 1-hundred-30 military personnel to the Kurdish part of Iraq.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says they will be military *advisors and will *not engage in combat.
The group of 1-hundred-30 are reported to be Marines and special operations forces, who will help assess the humanitarian situation there.
This as tens of thousands of Yazidis are still said to be trapped on Mount Sinjar - and in desperate needs of food, water and shelter.
On the political front, pressure for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step aside is growing. One of his biggest supporters, Iran has announced it now backs prime minister designate Haider al-Abadi.
The prime minister nominee has 30 days to pull together a Cabinet and form a new government.

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