Dempsey Weighs Frontline Role for U.S. Troops in Iraq

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General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, right, speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Chuck Hagel, U.S. secretary of defense, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said more U.S. troops may be needed in Iraq for a “long and difficult” fight against Islamic State, as military planners assess the shortcomings of Iraqi forces.

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