“We must see a greater commitment from all parts of the Iraqi government,” said US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, speaking in Washington.
US trainers have only received 7,000 recruits in recent months, with a target of 24,000 by autumn.
“We simply haven’t received enough recruits,” said Mr Carter.
The top US military official also highlighted the need to empower Sunni tribesmen in the fight against the Islamic State.
“Our efforts need to reinforce inclusivity and multi-sectarianism,” he said.
US officials are pressuring the Iraqi government to be more inclusive and representative of Iraq’s three major ethnic groups – Sunnis, Shias and Kurds.
Mr Carter was speaking at a hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee.
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