CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Pentagon to embed U.S. trainers in Iraqi units

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Pentagon to embed U.S. trainers in Iraqi units

[The next three posts will deal with Iraq.] This is good news. The World Tribune reports:
Under the proposal, U.S. advisers would serve as mentors to military and police units that proved unreliable in 2004. They included Iraqi forces that have operated in such cities as Faluja, Mosul, Ramadi and Samara in the Sunni Triangle.
"Iraqi security forces are increasing their capability [and] their capacity for security operations daily," Lt. Gen. Tom Metz, commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7, said. "They have proven themselves in operations throughout Iraq in recent months in places like Najaf, Samara and Faluja."
This news means that the US trusts the ability of the Iraqis enough to being turning more and more of their security over to them. Take this:
Since Nov. 10, Sunni insurgents have tried 13 times to capture police stations in Mosul, including six attempts last week, Middle East Newsline reported. Iraqi and U.S. forces have repelled all of the attacks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting - the Wehrmacht used the same tactic in WW2 to shore up the morale of allied units, especially Romanian and Hungarian ones, with the transfers holding NCO slots for the most part. Worked quite well, too, especially since I suspect the morale problems with Iraqi forces stem less from the soldiers but leadership issues.


January 9, 2005 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger Buddha said...

Or similar to the Marine Corps in Haiti and Nicaragua in the 20's in 30's. Chesty Puller and Herman Hannaken, enlisted men in the Marines, served as Lt's in the foreign militias.

January 10, 2005 at 3:41 AM  

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