US Continues to Develop ISIL Strategy, Train Iraqi Forces
“President Barack Obama, reprising a phrase that caused uproar in Washington last year, said on Monday the United States does not yet have a ‘complete strategy’ for training Iraqi security forces to reconquer territory seized by Islamic State fighters,” according to Reuters .
“Western strategy in Iraq has come under fire again in recent weeks after Islamic State militants captured the city of Ramadi despite coalition air strikes designed to halt their advance and reverse their gains. Witnesses said Iraqi government forces abandoned their arms and fled.”
“Obama deflected questions about sending U.S. ground troops back into Iraq, focusing instead on training Iraqi forces. Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Iraqi Shi’ite militias trained and supported by Tehran have joined Iraqi government forces in the fight against the militants.”