1. SPIES AMONG THEM

    Iraqi Army Is a Threat to U.S. Troops

    Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) prepare before going out on a patrol in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, June 30, 2014. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria. Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a medieval title last widely recognised in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3WF60

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    Only half of Iraq’s security forces are capable of actually fighting back against the insurgence of militants in the country, according to a secret American report. The findings describe units that have been heavily infiltrated either by informants of the invading Sunni militias or Shiite groups that were trained in Iran and had previously fought against American troops in Iraq. This could pose great danger to hundreds of American advisers sent to Iraq, although not supplying assistance could be even more risky in the long run, according to the report. The report will be sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week.

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