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Washington (CNN) – Preliminary intelligence reports from U.S. military advisers in Iraq say the Iraqis will stand up and fight against the militant group ISIS.
"Everything that we see indicates that they will fight, that they will defend Baghdad," Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
But U.S. advisers for now are not going on patrols or anywhere near Iraqi combat positions, they are staying at Iraqi headquarters around Baghdad.
"That would be like staying at the Pentagon and assessing the health of the US military just from the Pentagon. Its impossible to do that," said former Air Force intelligence officer Col. Cedric Leighton (Ret.).
So is the latest U.S. intel on Iraq any good?
CNN's Barbara Starr reports.