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U.S. to send more troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama says he's sending about 200 more U.S. troops to Iraq to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of U.S. forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect American interests.

Obama notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday. Obama says the additions include security forces, rotary-wing aircraft, and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat. He says their purpose is to protect U.S. citizens and property if needed.

Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.

Man sentenced in al-Qaida case * A 25-year-old California man has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for attempting to aid al-Qaida.

A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles handed down the punishment Monday to Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also ordering 10 years of supervision when he is released.

Prosecutors say Nguyen used Facebook to connect with al-Qaida and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan.

Nguyen was arrested last year after several meetings with a man he thought was a recruiter but who was really working for the FBI.

His public defender says Nguyen has a personality disorder.

'Kissing congressman' will run again * The married congressman who refused to leave office after he was seen kissing a female aide on grainy security footage changed course Monday, announcing that he would run for re-election despite the scandal and calls from the GOP leadership for his resignation.

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., said in April after the video was posted on the website of a Louisiana newspaper that he wouldn't seek another term. But two months later, the freshman congressman has reversed course and said he will be on the Nov. …

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