US sending additional army forces to Iraq

US military commanders are sending several hundred additional US troops to Iraq to bolster security as a new government takes shape in Baghdad, a defense official said Friday. The extra troops are from a 1st Armored Division battalion that has been stationed in Kuwait as a reserve force. Details of the movement, including timing, were not immediately available. The official who discussed it had direct knowledge of the decision but spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been publicly announced.