US deploys troops to South Sudan to protect embassy, personnel

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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2014 and released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), a man rides his donkey past Tanzanian UNAMID troops standing guard at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, Sudan. According to the local community, thousands of internally displaced people live inside a haven constructed by UNAMID since May 2014, following an attack on March 22, when hundreds of heavily armed men set fire to dozens of shelters and stole livestock belonging to the residents. The haven zone has watch towers with UNAMID military personnel deployed 24 hours a day, solar lights, two community centers and latrines. (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran)
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 30, 2014 and released by the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), a man rides his donkey past Tanzanian UNAMID troops standing guard at a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Khor Abeche, South Darfur, Sudan. According to the local community, thousands of internally displaced people live inside a haven constructed by UNAMID since May 2014, following an attack on March 22, when hundreds of heavily armed men set fire to dozens of shelters and stole livestock belonging to the residents. The haven zone has watch towers with UNAMID military personnel deployed 24 hours a day, solar lights, two community centers and latrines. (AP Photo/UNAMID, Albert Gonzalez Farran)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States has deployed 45 military personnel to volatile South Sudan to protect the embassy and U.S. government employees there.

"Although equipped for combat, this force was deployed for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property," Obama said in a letter to Congress. "This force will remain in South Sudan until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed."

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