A Peshmerga fighter stands behind sandbags at a checkpoint, in Zummar city in the northern Iraqi Governorate of Nineveh, on December 18, 2014 as they continue to battle Islamic State group fighters near the border with Syria. AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED
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The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military.Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who is leading the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, said the challenge is to get Iraqi units trained and back into the fight so they can plan operations to regain contested areas such as Mosul.There have been fewer details and more limited media access to U.S. military operations in Iraq this time than during the eight years of war that ended in 2011 .
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