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More Marines deploy to protect Baghdad Embassy

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U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq, Dedication Ceremony
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte, stand as both the Iraqi and U.S. National Anthems are played during a dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (2009). Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Derren Mazza

At least 25 additional were deployed to the U.S. in Baghdad after Shiite Muslim activists stormed Iraq’s Green Zone and took over the Parliament building last weekend.

The arrived at the , located in the International Zone of Baghdad with other and government buildings, on the request of the U.S. State Department. Already there are more than 150 and other private security contractors protecting the U.S. in Baghdad.

Saturday, Baghdad officials declared a state of emergency after scores of protesters burst through the fortified area in response to calls by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr for “peaceful demonstrations” against the rule of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and what he called a corrupt Cabinet. While photos of the Parliament building taken after protesters left appeared to show some property damage, no one was reported injured.

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