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Pentagon chief: Iraq not sending enough forces for training

Iraqi soldiers take part in a training session instructed by American and Iraqi military trainers at the Taji base complex, north of Baghdad, on January 7, 2015The US Secretary of Defense called out Baghdad Wednesday to send more recruits to American-run training camps, as Iraq struggles to battle the Islamic State group with a weakened military. Plans to train some 24,000 Iraqi security forces by the fall are falling short, as only enough trainees for 7,000 troops and 2,000 “anti-terrorist forces” have enrolled for training, Defense chief Ashton Carter said while speaking before the House Armed Services Committee. “As I’ve told Iraqi leaders, while the United States is open to supporting Iraq more than we already are, we must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government,” Carter said.

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