A farce because, as we reported some time ago, the Bush administration allowed funding for just such training to lapse. This is a smokescreen.
U.S. to triple number of military trainers in Iraq
17 Dec 2006 16:34:47 GMT
By Ross Colvin
BAGHDAD, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. military plans to speed up the training of Iraq’s army by tripling its number of embedded trainers to about 9,000, while keeping a close eye on units’ sectarian loyalties, a U.S. general said on Sunday.
Brigadier General Dana Pittard, whose Iraqi Assistance Group oversees training of Iraq’s security forces, also said each of the nine police brigades would be taken off the streets over the next nine months for one month-long training.
A number of police units have been accused of colluding with, or being infiltrated by Shi’ite militia death squads targeting minority Sunnis. An explosion of sectarian violence since February has pushed the country towards all-out civil war.
“Over the next couple of months we will augment the transition teams to double or triple their size,” Pittard said, noting that the teams training the Iraqi army were now 3,000-strong.
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group has recommended to President George W. Bush that he accelerate the training of Iraqi forces to allow the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by early 2008.
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