U.S. President Barack Obama said his administration has no complete strategy for combating the Islamic State.
He made the remark on Monday at the close of the G7 summit in Germany.
What is needed is “essentially accelerating the number of Iraqi forces that are properly trained and equipped and have a focused strategy and good leadership,” he said.
Iraqi forces have so far not been able to fight the Islamic State effectively, frequently fleeing even when they vastly outnumber their opponents.
Large amounts of U.S. military hardware including tanks, Humvees and small arms were abandoned by the Iraqi army and fell into the hands of the Islamic State. Last month alone, ISIS captured over 100 US military vehicles when it took Ramadi.
Obama said “when a finalized plan is presented to me by the Pentagon, then I will share it with the American people. We don’t yet have a complete strategy because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis, as well, about how recruitment takes place, how that training takes place. And so the details of that are not yet worked out.”