U.S. President Obama has told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 summit in Germany that the U.S. ''is going to continue to ramp up our training and assistance,'' for Iraqi forces in the fight against Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday (June 8) more progress was needed to stem the flow of foreign fighters into Syria and Iraq, and that all countries in the international coalition were ready to do more to train Iraqi security forces if that would help. "The United States is going to continue to ramp up our training and assistance. We are going to continue to provide the supplies that are necessary for Iraqi forces to successfully mount offensive campaigns and not simply defensive campaigns inside of Iraq," Obama said. In a meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 summit in Germany, Obama said he was confident Islamic State militants would be driven out of Iraq and defeated but there would be setbacks along the way. He told a news conference that Washington did not yet have a "complete strategy" for helping Baghdad regain control of territory captured by Islamic State fighters since that required Iraq to make commitments on how to carry out recruitment and training.