U.S. military advisers in Iraq are assessing the situation and have yet to offer any actual advice to Iraq on how it might contend with Sunni militants that have advanced on Baghdad, the U.S. said Monday.

Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. has always said it’s the job of the personnel Obama ordered to Iraq on June 19 to assess events on the ground.

The 180 or so troops that have deployed to Iraq are conducting assessments on the state of the Iraq’s military and the threat posed by extremist Sunni group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Kirby said. […]