02 Jul '14, 12pm

General: U.S. assessing whether Iraq forces can hold: A key role of the American troops in Iraq is asses... #navy

HONOLULU — A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country’s security forces can hold together and whether its leaders are confident they can do their jobs, a top U.S. military official said Tuesday. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after a speech that some of the 750 troops in Iraq are specifically there to help determine what the United States might do next to help Iraq fight an insurgency. Some troops are manning a joint operations center with Iraqi security forces to give a better picture of how the situation is evolving, while others are visiting Iraqi units to answer some basic questions, Dempsey said. “Will they hold? What’s their makeup? Are they still a force that represents all Iraqis?” Dempsey said, adding that they are also asking whether Iraq’s leaders are confident they can do their jobs. “W...

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