There are troubling signs that training efforts in Iraq haven't been going well. And a lack of US manpower doesn't appear to be the reason.
The recent fall of Ramadi to Islamic State has added to the urgency to shore up Iraq's faltering security forces in Sunni provinces. The US deployment plan is expected to be unveiled Wednesday.
America has been groping for a successful strategy in Iraq for more than a decade, but the realities on the ground keep getting in the way.
Iraq's largest northern city was invaded a year ago by Islamic State militants. Today, its repressive rule is intact, and the group is pushing outwards from its territory in Iraq and Syria.
'Boat season' is in full swing in the Mediterranean, as migrants brave perilous conditions for a better life in Europe. But the crossing is deadlier than ever – already 1,800-plus migrants have died.
This week's round-up of global commentary for the June 1, 2015, weekly magazine.
With the fall of Ramadi, the 'new' Iraqi Army continues to crumble. In its place sectarian militias are coming to the fore.
Iraq and the United States continued to spar over Iraqi forces' willingness to confront Islamic State militants, while Iran weighed in with sharp criticism of the US effort in the fight.
Baghdad's war against the Islamic State does not appear to be going as well as US officials have led many to believe.
In a major blow to Iraqi forces and the US, Islamic State fighters captured the provincial capital of Ramadi over the weekend in fighting that killed about 500 people.
A round-up of global commentary for the May 18, 2015 weekly magazine.
'Two soldiers of the caliphate' attacked the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, Islamic State said. But officials say the IS role more likely was inspirational.
US warplanes were part of an action to defend the oil refining city of Baiji from the group yesterday. Today, a major IS offensive is underway in Anbar Province.
Many who were involved in the US war effort in Iraq continue to insist that the country fell apart because of Obama's failings. There is little evidence to support them.
Fierce fighting is underway to wrest back all of the Iraqi city of Tikrit from the so-called Islamic State. But after a victory, avoiding reprisals on Sunni residents by Shiite militias won't be easy.
Oil revenues are declining and the flow of foreign jihadists may be slowing. Airstrikes in Syria by a US-led coalition come as Iraqi forces continue to battle IS in northern Iraq.
US officials worry that Iran's major role in the fight against IS in Iraq could fuel Shiite-Sunni tensions and drive more Sunni Arabs into the arms of the jihadis.