British Official: Iraq Forces Not Ready to Face IS Militants

January 22, 2015 4:10 PM

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Iraqi forces are not ready to dislodge Islamic State militants from the country and the world must do more to starve the extremists of money and militants, Britain's foreign minister said Thursday ahead of an anti-IS coalition meeting.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said Iraqi forces are in a "state of disarray" and "it will be months yet before they are ready to start significant combat operations" against the extremists.

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