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US Military Advisers: Iraq Assessments to Take Weeks

In the southern Iraqi city of Basra, hundreds of fresh recruits train, preparing to join the battle against Sunni militants who have been strengthening their grip on large swaths of the north and east. Meanwhile, in the capital city of Baghdad, officials marked the arrival of more U.S. military advisers.   “Their primary mission now is to assess the capabilities of the Iraqi army in and around Baghdad,” said Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. The U.S. now has six teams...

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