WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering providing new training to elite Iraqi forces in Jordan as US officials seek ways to help the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki repel an al-Qaida campaign near its western border.

Earlier this week, US officials said the United States was in discussions with Iraq about training its elite forces in a third country, which would allow Washington to provide a modest measure of new support against militants in the absence of a troop deal allowing US soldiers to operate within Iraq.

"There is discussion about this, and Jordan is included in the discussions," a US defense official said.

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