Iraq says foreign military trainers welcome but 'a little late'

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi (C) speaks during a press conference in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala in central Iraq on October 23, 2014Iraq said Saturday that foreign military trainers heading to the country are welcome but “a little late”, after US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to send 1,500 additional troops. “This step is a little late, but we welcome it,” a statement from Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s office said. “The coalition agreed on that and four to five Iraqi training camps were selected, and building on that, they have now begun sending the trainers,” it said.

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