President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered 450 additional military advisers to Iraq in a new effort to bolster Iraqi troops as they try to retake Ramadi, the Anbar provincial capital seized last month by Islamic State insurgents.

The White House said the extra troops would not serve in a combat role and would augment the 3,100 trainers the U.S. already has in Iraq to "train, advise and assist" Iraqi forces and Sunni fighters...

...Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey said reworking America’s strategy in Iraq was overdue.

"Obviously, our present strategy isn’t working. The key issue for me has always been: If we believe that ISIL is a national security threat, then you have to deal with the threat," Menendez said, referring to an acronym for the Islamist extremists.

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