In this Saturday, March 7, 2015 photo, Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi, center, surrounded by soldiers, as they pose for a group photograph at the Iraqi Army headquarters in Samarra, 60 miles (95 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)
ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE – The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says some Iraqi army units in line for U.S.-led training to fight the Islamic State group are showing up ill-prepared.
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