Thursday, December 29, 2005


Two Steps Back

It seems that the only Iraqi security forces ready to take over for US troops can't be trusted to do their work unless US troops:
US army aims to clean up Iraqi police
Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:52 PM ET
By Alastair Macdonald

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. army in Baghdad plans to deploy large numbers of troops with Iraqi special police units to try to curb suspected sectarian militia activity among the police, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday.

"We're going to try to wrap ourselves around them," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"The lines are blurred now and it's not easy to determine that some operation tonight was directed ... by the MoI (Interior Ministry) or ... by some people in uniform ... who are part of somebody's posse," he said.

"We're trying to control that."
So, either from lack of training or excessive loyalty to their respective sectarian militias, Mr. Bush's assurances about Iraqi forces ready to operate without US ground support are simply not true. Same old same old...


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