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Iraq forces likely need help to regain territory: US

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 6, 2014 in Washington, DCThe US military’s top officer said Thursday that Iraqi forces had shored up their defenses against Sunni militants but would be hard-pressed to regain territory without outside help. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said American advisers were still evaluating the state of the Iraqi army, and he suggested US military action was not imminent. Dempsey told a news conference that Iraqi forces were not yet in a position to stage a major counter-offensive after being driven back by Sunni extremists in recent weeks. US military advisers in the capital found that Iraqi security forces are “stiffening, that they’re capable of defending Baghdad,” Dempsey said.

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