The strikes targeted Islamic State militants who were attacking Iraqi security forces near Baghdad.
They will be assigned to protect the American Embassy in Baghdad.
President Obama speaks by telephone with Iraq’s newly appointed interim-prime minister as rescue operations continue in northern part of the country.
The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the government in Baghdad slow the nation’s rampant Sunni insurgency, U.S. officials said Monday.
Security at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad was strengthened and some staff members sent elsewhere as Iraq was shaken with instability.
Fearing in increase in violence, 500,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in Iraq’s second city Mosul after Jihadist militants took control.
Iraqi forces are trying to dislodge militants from Ramadi and Fallujah.
Secretary of State pledges support for Baghdad’s efforts to retake key cities from al Qaida forces.
The U.S. has sent Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to the Iraq’s air forces, which is using them in an ongoing campaign against the country’s branch of al-Qaida, officials in Washington and Baghdad said Thursday.
More than 800 people were killed in Iraq in violence throughout August, the UN said Sunday. That was down somewhat from July, but still one of the highest monthly tolls in recent years.