The United States Department of State spokesman, John Kirby, said on Monday that the US will not send additional deployment to Iraq to help fight against DAESH terrorist group.
The spokesman contradicted the Pentagon’s announcement on the additional deployment of marines to Iraq.
"Those Marines were already there ... they were already there in the appropriate advise and assist capacity," Kirby said during a press briefing.
Asked many times to clarify whether those were "additional" marines sent to protect the US military advisors in Iraq, Kirby repeatedly said that they were already there.
"There are no additional forces being sent to Iraq and no US forces in Iraq -none, zero- that haven't been approved and coordinated with the Iraqi government," he stressed.
"These Marines we're talking ... were already in Iraq and they were on a mission that was in keeping with the advise and the assist mission."
The Pentagon released a statement on Sunday after a US Marine was killed and several others were injured in a rocket attack against DAESH on an Iraqi base.
According to statement from the Pentagon, troops from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will add to US forces already in the country battling the DAESH.