The US is to send up to 450 military trainers to Iraq to help “train and advise” local forces fighting Islamic State, the White House says.

President Obama made the decision following a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, it said.

The troops will be deployed to the Taqaddum military base in Anbar province. IS seized Ramadi – the capital of Anbar – in May.

It has made gains across the region despite US-led coalition air strikes.

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