“I would think in terms of years,” Mayville said.
Pentagon Press Secretary Kirby said training will focus on “basic” military skills, focusing on organizational leadership and equipment proficiency.
“It’s important to remember the mission, the mission is to do some training, to build these units, and do some logistics, some transport, the movement of material,” Kirby said. “It is not to treat.”
France is the first nation, who has committed to assisting the U.S. led battle against the Islamic State, to conduct direct military strikes
Hagel told members that a plan to take on ISIS is ready, but Obama has yet to sign off on it.
Gen. Dempsey said that if the battle agains the Islamic State is not showing signs of success, he may ask the President for troops on the ground.
Speaking at an invitation-only ceremony at the Pentagon on the 13th anniversary of the attack, Obama told family members of victims and survivors in attendance, that “America stands tall.”
The House expresses their disapproval over the release of detainees in return for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“Removing Godane from the battlefield is a major symbolic and operational loss to al-Shabab,” Kirby said.