January 17, 2014
The Pentagon is in “discussions” with Iraq about training possibilities of Iraq’s security forces, but it appears U.S. military trainers would not be involved. The United States is also processing a new request from Iraq for additional small arms and ammunition in the wake of resurgent al Qaeda forces in western Iraq.
In an interview with the Washington Post published Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said he would support a new U.S. military training mission for Iraqi counterterrorism troops in Jordan.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters Friday there were discussions underway with Iraq about future training possibilities for Iraq’s security forces. “We are continuing to discuss with the Iraqis how we can train them and how we can keep their security forces at the highest possible levels,” Warren told reporters.