Carter: Training Iraqi Forces Going Slower than Planned

Jun 17, 2015 10:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Ash Carter says efforts to train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants have been slowed by a lack of recruits and the U.S. won't be able to train as many by this fall as it had initially had predicted.

Carter tells a House Armed Services Committee hearing the U.S. had initially envisioned training 24,000 Iraqi security forces at four sites by this fall.

But now, he says the U.S. has received only enough recruits to be able to train about 7,000 - in addition to about 2,000 counterterrorism service personnel.

The White House recently said it was sending up to 450 troops to a new base in western Iraq, but so far the U.S. is advising only the local force which isn't engaging in combat.


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