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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: NR-317-14
June 15, 2014

Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby

At the request of the State Department, the U.S. military is providing security assistance for our diplomatic facilities in Baghdad.  A small number of DOD personnel are augmenting State Department security assets in Baghdad to help ensure the safety of our facilities. The temporary relocation of some embassy personnel is being facilitated aboard commercial, charter and State Department aircraft as appropriate. The U.S. military has airlift assets at the ready should State Department request them, as per normal inter-agency support arrangements.

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