Program to train Iraq troops lacks recruits, U.S. says

June 18, 2015 12:14 AM

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A U.S.-led military training program in Iraq has turned out only 7,000 Iraqi soldiers since last year, far short of the 24,000 that the Pentagon envisioned training by this fall, senior U.S. officials acknowledged Wednesday, the latest sign of trouble in the campaign against Islamic State.

"We simply haven't received enough recruits" from the Iraqi government, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a House Armed Services Committee hearing. "We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government."

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