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100 Marines from Crisis Response Unit Sent to Secure US Embassy in Iraq

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100 Marines from Crisis Response Unit Sent to Secure US Embassy in Iraq

Military.com | By Gina Harkins and Richard Sisk

At least 100 infantry Marines from a crisis response unit designed to respond to emergencies at U.S. embassies have been dispatched to Iraq, where supporters of an Iran-backed militia smashed into an American diplomatic facility on Tuesday.

The Marines are assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, a ground-based unit spread across the Middle East, U.S. officials confirmed to Military.com. Video footage taken near the embassy shows some of the Marines arriving in Baghdad by helicopter.

The California-based 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, is the infantry unit currently assigned to the crisis response task force. The unit -- one of several the Marine Corps created following the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya -- not only includes ground forces, but also air and logistics capabilities.

Read more: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/12/31/100-marines-crisis-response-unit-sent-secure-us-embassy-iraq.html