U.S. troops won't fight in Iraq battles, Hagel says

July 3, 2014 6:37 PM

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U.S. troops won't fight in Iraq battles, Hagel says

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that none of the U.S. troops who recently arrived in Iraq will take part in battles, though they will be able to defend themselves.

Insurgents in Iraq appear to be stretched, having difficulty with supplies and consolidating gains they have made, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Thursday. Meanwhile, Iraq's security forces have been "stiffening."

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