US to send 'hundreds' of military trainers to Iraq

US president vows to send troops to Iraq consisting of hundreds of military trainers to better prepare Iraqi army for battle

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

US President Barack Obama's administration announced hundreds of additional military trainers will be sent to Iraq to assist them in their battle against ISIS militant group.

The Obama administration is considering sending around 500 military advisers and trainers to better prepare the Iraqi army and Sunni fighters to battle against ISIS forces, a senior US military official told the AFP.

There are approximately 3,000 US military advisers and trainers currently in Iraq.

"We are considering a number of options to accelerate the training and equipping of the Iraqi army. Among those options is sending additional coaches," said the US National Security Council spokesman.

The US is also considering the establishment of a new military base in Iraq's western Anbar province, according to Reuters.

ISIS took over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar last month. Obama described the fall of Ramadi as a tactical setback.

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Iraqi/American Joint Chiefs committee, confirmed on Tuesday that there is no change in the military strategy of the United States, which dissociates troops on the front lines of the fighting.

Obama said on Monday that the United States does not yet have an "integrated strategy" to train Iraqi forces in order to recapture regions seized by ISIS militants.

TRTWorld and agencies