Army chief of staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said Friday that more U.S. ground troops would likely deploy to Iraq to train local forces fighting Islamic militants.

“We are going to increase a little bit,” he said. “As we do that, I think we have to do an assessment of how well that’s going.”

Odierno did not say how many additional troops would be needed.

There are currently more than 1,600 U.S. troops in Iraq, providing security to U.S. diplomatic personnel and property and advising local forces.

President Obama has repeatedly ruled out sending U.S. troops to a combat mission in Iraq, insisting that the force is only there to train and advise.

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