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17-months Later U.S. Can’t Find any Iraqis to ‘Train’*
In a blow to a central component of the US military’s strategy in the Iraq/Syria region, current and former US military officials said efforts to retrain and reunify Iraq’s regular army have failed to create enough combat units or limit sectarian militias.
“The Iraqi military’s capacity hasn’t improved that much – part of that is the continuing challenge of recruitment and retention,” retired U.S. Lieutenant General Mick Bednarek told Reuters in an exclusive story.
Bednarek led the U.S. military’s training programs in Iraq from 2013 to 2015. He said that, despite having 4,000 U.S. soldiers for instructors, they faced multiple challenges, as very few Iraqis were willing to join the military and low-level Iraqi officers resisted sending units for American training.
Military officials estimated that, as of October, only five Iraqi army divisions were ready for battle, with combat readiness…
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