By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
The deputy secretary met privately with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, and then received a briefing on the “advise and assist” mission in the country.
Some 50,000 American servicemembers are in
, and almost all are involved in training Iraqi security forces. Iraqi forces have taken control of security in the country. American forces are in an advisory capacity for almost all operations. Iraq
Iraqi politicians still have not formed a government following elections in March, but
officials here said this has not affected the training mission. In fact, an official said, Iraqi military and police leaders are redoubling their efforts to get the needed training in advance of the December 2011 American withdrawal in accordance with an agreement between the two countries. U.S.