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Pelosi Rebuts Petraeus on Iraq

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In rebutting comments by former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus that the U.S. is “probably losing” in Iraq, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said Petraeus incorrectly asserted the number of Iraqi troops trained during his time overseeing the war in Iraq. Pelosi’s comments come more than three weeks since Islamic State fighters captured the city of Ramadi and as an international coalition met earlier this week in Paris to discuss how to counter the Islamic State terror group. “Gen. Petraeus had the responsibility to train the troops in Iraq,” Pelosi said. “I remember going over there on any number of occasions and hearing from him on some of them that he had trained 175,000 Iraqi troops and personnel so that they can take over their own efforts. So I would ask him about that. I think that the number was far smaller than was represented to us.” Issues within the Iraqi military have been linked to the Islamic State’s takeover of territory throughout northern Iraq, though the White House last mother said President Barack Obama’s Iraq strategy has been a success “overall.”

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