U.S. troops training Iraqi military at bases in Anbar, Taji

January 5, 2015 8:25 PM

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U.S. troops training Iraqi military at bases in Anbar, Taji

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. troops have started training Iraqi military forces at two bases in Iraq as they work to build a force that can take the offensive against Islamic State militants who overran part of the country last year, the Pentagon said on Monday.

About 320 U.S. Marines are training members of the Iraqi 7th Division at Ain al-Asad air base in western al Anbar province, which is taking regular harassing mortar fire from Islamic State militants, said Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The training began on Dec. 20.

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