Iraqi army months away from major offensive against Islamic State

October 24, 2014 1:05 PM

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Iraqi army months away from major offensive against Islamic State

THE Iraqi army is still months away from staging a major offensive against Islamist State to retake large areas lost to the jihadists, US military offic­ials said yesterday.

Iraqi security forces were now able to stage small-scale attacks against Islamic State but still needed time to plan and train for a larger operation, even with the aid of US-led airstrikes, one ­official said.

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