US ready to train Iraqi troops in third country: official
Published on Jan 18, 2014 4:13 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US military is planning to train Iraqi troops in a third country to help counter a resurgence of Al-Qaeda-linked militants, a defense official told AFP on Friday.
Pending an agreement with Jordan or another nation to host the effort, the training was "likely" to go ahead as both Baghdad and Washington supported the idea, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, Pentagon officials are not contemplating sending an American team of military instructors into Iraq, partly because it would require negotiating a legal agreement with Baghdad that proved elusive in the past.
Such a move also could spark political rancor in Washington that would revive old wounds over the controversial US-led war in Iraq.
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