It’s likely to be several months until the new American-led mission to train Iraqi soldiers gets underway, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

President Obama in November authorized an expanded mission that will raise the total U.S. force level in Iraq to as many as 3,100 troops and set up four training sites where Americans will instruct Iraqi forces in basic combat skills.

But no additional U.S. troops have received deployment orders yet, in part because Congress only recently approved funding for the mission as part of a massive annual defense bill on Dec. 12. […]