U.S. deploys troops to South Sudan to protect embassy, personnel

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 and released by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), civilians fleeing violence seek refuge at the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, in South Sudan. Less than three years after its creation, the world's newest country is beginning to fracture along ethnic lines in violence that has killed hundreds of people and what could come next, some warn, is ethnic cleansing. (AP Photo/UNMISS, Hailemichael Gebrekrstos)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.”