A team of 100 contingency response airmen have been ordered into Iraq to protect U.S. assets at Baghdad International Airport.

The airman and another 200 new troops — charged with protecting Americans in locations such as the embassy in the capital — are being sent because the Pentagon has “reason to be concerned” about the safety of the airport and other areas in Baghdad, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Tuesday.

The team of airmen had been standing by outside Iraqsince June 16. The contingency response group, which includes the airmen, were ordered to protect U.S. personnel and assets, not the entire airport, Kirby said. […]