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US: Iraq forces likely need help to regain territory

July 3, 2014 8:54 P.M. (Updated: July 3, 2014 8:54 P.M.)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- The US military's top officer said Thursday that Iraqi forces had strengthened their defenses around Baghdad but would need outside help to eventually regain territory lost to Sunni militants.

Asked if Iraqi troops could take back lost ground, General Martin Dempsey, told a news conference: "Probably not by themselves."
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