Occupation of Iraq

Hagel says US military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Nov. 16 the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.

Davutoğlu first to congratulate Iraq’s new PM Abadi

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has been to the first to congratulate Iraq’s new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi whose government was approved at Parliament late Sept. 8.

Davutoğlu held a telephone conversation with Abadi shortly after his Cabinet won a vote of confidence, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sept. 9, citing sources from the Prime Ministry office.