The U.S. military, planning for future crises in Iraq, has begun pushing for a resumption of U.S. training of Iraqi commandos to blunt a rising insurgency, U.S. defense officials said.

The commando training likely would take place in Jordan and wouldn’t require American troops to enter Iraq, a move opposed by the Obama administration and its toughest critics in Congress.

But the training would be part of a larger U.S. effort to equip Baghdad to fight extremists in coming years without so often using large-scale and destructive tactics that serve to further incite insurgents and swell their ranks. […]