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  • Iraqi Army Seen as Ill Equipped to Retake Mosul From ISIS, Despite U.S. Aid

    06/05/2016 3:58:04 AM PDT · by Trumpinator · 22 replies ^ | JUNE 4, 2016 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An exhausted and ill-equipped Iraqi Army faces daunting obstacles on the battlefield that will most likely delay for months a long-planned major offensive on the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, American and allied officials say. The delay is expected despite American efforts to keep Iraq’s creaky war machine on track. Although President Obama vowed to end the United States’ role in the war in Iraq, in the last two years the American military has increasingly provided logistics to prop up the Iraqi military, which has struggled to move basics like food, water and ammunition to its troops. Without...
  • Mosul siege stalled as Iraqi army once again flees when bullets fly, say sources

    04/07/2016 11:48:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 7, 2016 | Hollie Mckay
    The much-awaited liberation of Mosul from ISIS stalled late last month almost as soon as bullets flew, when Iraqi government troops once again fled from the black-clad terrorist army, members of the broad coalition poised to retake the key city told this week. The Iraqi army, which was heavily criticized for abandoning posts – and weapons – as ISIS moved in on Mosul in June of 2014, had begun taking small villages on the outskirts after Baghdad announced the campaign March 24. But the liberation effort, which was to include Shia and Sunni militias, Kurds, Christians and Yazidis with...
  • Iraqi forces humiliate ISIL supporters captured in Ramadi

    12/22/2015 5:17:46 PM PST · by Fred Nerks · 16 replies
    ninemsn ^ | December 23, 2015 | N/A
    Iraqi forces humiliate ISIL supporters captured in Ramadi By ninemsn VIDEO X 3 WATCH NOW December 23, 2015: Footage emerging online alleges to show Iraqi soldiers taking dozens of ISIL-supporters prisoner as they advance on the city of Ramadi. Iraqi forces have turned the tables on ISIL sympathisers captured in the city of Ramadi, taunting prisoners and forcing them to kneel in the sand and cower in fear. The Iraqi army advanced into the Ramadi city centre overnight, backed by US-led coalition air strikes and also supported by the police and Sunni tribes opposed to the jihadists. A video filmed...
  • Scapegoating Petraeus: Bush Left Well-trained Iraqi Army

    06/08/2015 10:09:38 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 8, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The detachment from reality of that great military strategist, former House Speaker and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, has been well documented, from her defense of ObamaCare and the millions of jobs it would create instantly and that you had to pass to find out what’s in it, to her current fable -- that the rise of the barbaric Islamic State and its victory over Iraqi forces we trained is, as the Democratic mantra now goes, the fault of President George W. Bush in general and Gen. David Petraeus in particular: Reporter: “General Petraeus said last night that we are...
  • Iraq Struggles to Revive Military for Coming Battles With Islamic State

    06/07/2015 8:16:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2015 | NOUR MALAS and GHASSAN ADNAN
    BESMAYA BASE, Iraq—Sgt. Abbas Adwani is helping to train a brigade of fellow soldiers for what promises to be one of the toughest battles yet against Islamic State: an offensive on the city of Mosul—the extremist group’s stronghold in Iraq. But he and many of his trainees say they still can’t shake the bitter aftertaste of previous fights—some in northern Mosul a year ago, others in Anbar province, where they said they were left without ammunition or altogether abandoned by their commanders.
  • Obama Snatched Ramadi Defeat From Bush Victory

    05/20/2015 10:38:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The White House description of the fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces we have supposedly been busy degrading and destroying as a “setback” is like the British calling Dunkirk in World War II a strategic withdrawal. Ramadi is a defeat, the result of the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by President Obama against the advice of military minds who know better about these things than the former community organizer from Illinois. It is a defeat for President Obama’s foreign policy, a rebuke of his fundamental transformation of America’s role in the world from a leader who shaped events...
  • Why the Iraqi army keeps failing

    05/19/2015 1:44:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/19/2015 | By Ishaan Tharoor
    Shiite militias have surged into Iraq's Anbar province, a largely Sunni region, in a government-sanctioned bid to recapture the provincial capital Ramadi, which was seized in its entirety by the jihadists of the Islamic State at the end of last week. Thousands have fled the city, which is about 80 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi's fall poses a problem for U.S. officials, who have sought to paint a picture of a weakening Islamic State. One Pentagon spokesman told reporters that the city's capture was part of "complex, bloody fight" in which "there are going to be ebbs and flows." The...
  • ISIS Fighters Attack Iraqi Base Wearing Iraqi Army Uniforms

    02/13/2015 7:36:01 PM PST · by rey · 44 replies
    ABC ^ | 13 Feb, 2015 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    News video at site Between 20 and 25 ISIS fighters wearing Iraqi Army uniforms infiltrated al-Asad airbase Friday -- the sprawling western Iraqi base where 400 American forces are training Iraqi troops -- and tried to enter the base, military officials said.
  • Top General says half of Iraqi Army incapable of working with US against ISIS

    09/24/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 17, 2014 | Fox News
    The U.S. military's top officer said Wednesday that almost half of Iraq's army is incapable of working against the Islamic State militant group, while the other half needs to be rebuilt with the help of U.S. advisers and military equipment. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey made the remarks to reporters while traveling to Paris to meet with his French counterpart to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria. The general said that U.S. assessors who had spent the summer observing Iraq's security forces concluded that 26 of the army's 50 brigades would be capable of...
  • Islamic State video wages psychological war on Iraqi soldiers

    07/30/2014 3:15:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/29/2014 | BY MICHAEL GEORGY
    (Reuters) - Islamic State, the al Qaeda spin-off that seized wide swathes of Iraq almost unopposed last month, has released a video warning Iraqi soldiers who may still have some fight in them that they risk being rounded up en masse and executed.
  • Iraqi forces retake Tikrit base

    07/21/2014 1:21:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    The Australian ^ | 07/21/2014
    IRAQI special forces secured full control of a crucial former US military base on the outskirts of Tikrit, officials said yesterday. Camp Speicher, the headquarters for US forces in northern Iraq during the 2003 invasion and subsequent war, has become a focal point in the fight between Iraqi forces and Islamist militants.
  • A Passing Advantage – The Kurdish/Iraq Confrontation

    11/22/2012 4:58:27 PM PST · by DJ Elliott · 11 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 22 November 2012 | DJ Elliott
    Some of my early thoughts were published in rough form earlier. My estimate of Kurdish and Iraqi Forces is that neither side is really ready for a stand-up fight. But it may happen anyway for political reasons or as deployed forces maneuver for position. If it happens, don't be surprised if it doesn't work out as planned - for either side... Of interest, the formation of the Tigris Operational Command and the claim of forming 2 Kurdish Operational Commands in response as justification for the confrontation is pure propaganda. Establishing corps-level commands has been ongoing since the Surge and both...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update August 2012

    08/04/2012 3:57:49 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 4 August 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during July 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 July 2012. The July 2012 update was separately updated to reflect the GoI denial of Bulgarian/Polish arms deals. The “ISF Total Force Mobilization Update July 2012” was published reflecting the apparent changes in the command structure and planned force composition. These articles will not be addressed here. Highlights in this update include: - Claims of KRG arms deals by unknown officials; Rumors of UH-1s or AH-64s for the KRG not supported...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update May 2012

    05/02/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 13 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 2 May 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during April 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 April 2012. Highlights in this update include: * Romanian arms blacklisted; Second Batch of BTR4s ready for delivery while rumors continue of contract cancelation; 50/14 and 53/14 Brigades upgrading to Mech/Armor; Iraqi Army Upgrade Status Chart added. * EC120Bs for KRG Police/SAR; Contract awarded for support of 30 Bell 407s; third AN-32B delivered; F16 training at Al Asad; 24 F16s by end 2014?; Iraq to join GCC to provide Air Defense?
  • Iraqi Security Force Update April 2012

    04/02/2012 9:35:18 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 3 April 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during March 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 31 March 2012. Highlights in this update include: - 10 battalions shifted to Baghdad for AL Summit; Rumors of BTR4 cancellation continue. - Aviation contracts to announce in April, L159s still in contention. - OSVs identified, 9 PBs delivered with 12th to deliver in May. - Rumors of increased control of Basrah security by Baghdad.
  • Iraqi Security Force Update October 2011

    10/03/2011 12:39:10 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 3 October 2011 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during September 2011. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 September 2011. Highlights in this update include: * Final M1A1 Tanks arrive; Southern Iraq Iranian-border regions reinforced; Generals transferred. * IqAF not ready; Pilot training; Down-payment on 18 F16s.
  • Peshmerga Colonel: Joint force formed in Jalawla

    08/20/2011 6:53:37 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    PUK Media ^ | 20 August 2011 | Unk
    In a statement to PUKmedia, Colonel Nouri Abdul Karim Mustafa, Commander of the Third Battalion of the Fourth Brigade of Kurdistan Region Guards forces (The Peshmerga) , said that at 9 am on Friday morning, Border Guards Forces entered Jalawla sub- district , to form a joint force with the Iraqi army under the supervision of coalition forces. This step is the beginning of the Peshmerga forces deployment al- Saadiya sub- district as well , and perhaps in the areas of Mandali, Qaratapa, and the Kurdish Separated Areas in Diyala province, Colonel Mustafa clarified.
  • Bloggers Roundtable from a Forgotten Front: Equipment and Training

    03/24/2011 12:34:03 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast ^ | 24 March 2011 | DJ Elliott
    I participated in a Bloggers Roundtable with the Director of Strategic Effects and United States Forces – Iraq Spokesman Major General Jeffrey Buchanan. I was tail-end Charlie and was surprised that no one asked about the US Excess Defense Articles [EDA] equipment delivery or the external defense training programs for the Iraqi Army [IA] before I did. I was hoping someone else would ask so I could move down my list of questions. It was obvious the General was primed for these 2 topics. One interesting item was that a joint "Intelligence and Operations Center" is being established to coordinate...
  • Iraqi Logistics - The Missing Links

    03/21/2011 4:46:04 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 21 March 2011 | DJ Elliott
    Logistics is not sexy - it is tedious and boring to most people. Logistics is also the essential component to any military operations. “Amateurs talk tactics, professionals talk logistics.” Without the beans, boots, and bullets – combat operations are impossible. The Iraqi Army [IA] is organized on a modified US Army structure while the Ministry of Interior [MoI] paramilitary forces - the Federal Police [FP] and Department of Border Enforcement [DBE] are organized more on Italian Carabinarie structure. Both structures normally have support, transport, and maintenance components at each level: ----break---- The IA has built about 40 percent of its...
  • Iraqi army builds up first tank division (M1A1 Abrams)

    12/27/2010 7:02:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Iraqi army builds up first tank division Published: Dec. 21, 2010 BAGHDAD, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The new Iraqi army has started building up its armored forces with the first batch of 140 U.S.-built M1A1 Abrams main battle tank, the same type that crushed Saddam Hussein's military in March 2003. The 9th Armored Division, based near Baghdad, will be the spearhead of an army that will likely have a strength of more than 300,000 troops in up to 20 divisions, six of them armored. That's a far cry from the 1 million-man army, with 5,500 mainly Soviet- built T-72 and...
  • Army Air Corps splits from Iraqi Air Force

    07/27/2010 6:52:35 AM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 27 July 2010 | DJ Elliott
    “The Iraqi Army, which recently took control of their military's rotary-wing assets from the Iraqi Air Force, uses the Huey primarily as a scout and reconnaissance aircraft.” With this sentence, the announcement of the formation of the Iraqi Army Air Corps was made by Specialist Roland Hale, a journalist for the 1st Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade. While there are limited details concerning this reorganization, the known structure of the Iraqi Air Force makes sorting out which squadrons are now Army Air Corps simple. The subordination of the air bases, training establishment, and the future air defense brigade are less...
  • Iraqis prefer AK-47 over M-16 for performance in desert heat

    07/11/2010 1:30:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 7/9/2010 | World Tribune
    The U.S. military has supplied about 10,000 M-16s to the Iraq Army. But officials acknowledged that the Iraqis have decided to maintain the AK-47 as the lead assault rifle.The Iraq Army has determined that the M-16 was more accurate than the Kalashnikov. But officials said the Army concluded that the AK-47 was more reliable in the searing Iraqi summers. U.S. Army advisers have completed a course on the M-16 assault rifle for Iraqi soldiers at Camp Taji. The two-week course, which took place in mid-June, was meant to help the Iraq Army introduce the M-16 and, in some units, replace...
  • Iraqis buying tons of U.S. military surplus items

    07/02/2010 11:34:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 30, 2010 | By Liz Sly
    On the outskirts of this former insurgent stronghold, Munir Ibrahim Ismail and his family have taken up residence in an American military latrine. They picked up the trailer full of toilets at a junkyard for about $5,000 — less than it would have cost them to build a real house — and set to work. They tore out the toilet bowls and scrubbed the trailer for days with disinfectant. They ripped off tiles, poured a concrete floor and added a window. They erected a divider to create two rooms and tacked on a concrete kitchen at the back. Presto! A...
  • Army, Air Force, Iraqis team to conduct fires exercise

    06/26/2010 6:35:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld ^ | 6/23/2010 | Pvt. Emily Knitter
    Soldiers from the 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Air Force F-16 fighters teamed for four days with the 17th Iraqi Army Division conducting a full-scale defensive-fires exercise at the Besmaya Range Complex outside Baghdad. The exercise was designed to show the full training possibilities available from individual weapons qualification to full-scale exercises to Iraqi Army and Iraqi Federal Police commanders from across the city. "The main purpose was to show the Iraqi Security Forces how they can best utilize the range," said Maj. Robert Olszewski, the 1st AAB information operations officer. He said the joint training...
  • Iraqi Troops Train on M-16 Rifle, Continue Transition from AK-47

    06/22/2010 11:31:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 6/23/2010 | Army News/Defense Talk
    Soldiers serving on Camp Taji, Iraq, trained Iraqi troops on the fundamentals of marksmanship with the M-16 rifle, June 15. The training was part of a continued effort by the U.S. to phase out the Iraqi Army's use of the Soviet-era AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle. The swap between the two weapons has gun-enthusiasts across the military and social-media sites up-in-arms, as fans of both weapons debate the practicality of the initiative. The AK-47, which has become symbolic of Middle Eastern militaries, has been used by the Iraqi Army since the 1960s. The weapon is less accurate than the western M-16...
  • Iraqi Army Reorganization

    02/15/2010 6:37:27 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 8 replies · 190+ views
    Montrose Toast ^ | 15 February 2010 | DJ Elliott
    The Iraqi Army is continuing to increase in size, restructuring to fill its mission of external defense. Now the Iraqi Army appears to be redeploying/rotating most, if not all, of the Iraqi Army divisions to support training, operations, and to break any untoward local political or criminal influence. In December 2009, the Kurdish press reported the planned transfer of the Iraqi Army’s 6th Division from Baghdad to Ninawa and the 10th Division from southern Iraq to Kirkuk. This indicated 2 planned rotations: 6th Division in NW Baghdad swapping areas with 2nd Division in Mosul and 10th Division in DhiQar swapping...
  • M16 now seen as 'the weapon of choice' for Iraq's army

    01/14/2010 11:27:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 1,049+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 1/14/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The Iraq Army has expanded its use of a U.S.-origin assault rifle. Officials said the Iraq Army has absorbed more than 5,000 M-16 assault rifles from the United States. They said the delivery of additional rifles as well as training would be intensified by the U.S. Army in 2010. "The M16 is now the weapon of choice for the Iraqi army," an Iraqi Army officer identified only as Capt. Anwar, said. Over the last year, the Iraq army has been training its soldiers on the M-16A4 rifle. The seven-day training course has taken place at the Shaiba training center and...
  • Iraq Comes Back

    12/15/2009 11:28:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 554+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/15/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The Iraqi Army has come a long way since 2003, when the old, Sunni Arab dominated force was disbanded, and a new one, loyal to a democratic government, and led by newly recruited and trained officers, was built from scratch. Because of the Sunni Arabs loyal to Saddam (and Sunni Arab rule) fought a four year terror campaign, while the army was forming, the best troops were formed into special "intervention" units. This resulted in an army organization consisting of one "Intervention Corps" and three other corps of lesser quality. Total manpower is about 250,000 troops. Most divisions have four...
  • Iraqi Army makes education a priority

    12/05/2009 1:34:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 156+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, USA
    Iraqi Soldiers with the 49th Iraqi Army Brigade, 12th IA Division, attend a literacy class at the 49th IA Bde.'s compound in Kirkuk province, Dec. 3. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, 1st Cavalry Division. KIRKUK — In an effort to ensure the success of its Soldiers in military educational courses, one Iraqi Army division here has instituted classes to instruct Soldiers on Arabic reading and writing. Working closely with the 49th Iraqi Army Brigade, 12th IA Division, are U.S. Soldiers with a Military Transition Team, who observe and provide logistical support for the classes.Maj. Tim Rustad, a Mankato, Minn.,...
  • Ever vigilant: IA keeps eye out for IED

    09/08/2009 6:38:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 348+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joshua Risner, USA
    Staff Sgt. Timothy Wallace (center), an instructor assigned to Company B, 163rd Combined Arms Battalion, explains the need to be constantly on the lookout for Improvised Explosive Devices during a Counter-IED class on Camp Slayer, Sept. 6. Photo by Sgt. Joshua Risner, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. BAGHDAD — Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) are a deadly part of the landscape here, and it takes sharp eyes and keen knowledge of what to look for to stay out of harm's way. Soldiers of Company B, 163rd Combined Arms Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, created a counter-IED class here designed...
  • Air Cavalry continues training Iraqi Army

    08/19/2009 4:29:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 670+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Travis Zielinski, USA
    Rushing out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Iraqi Soldiers hit the ground and take up security positions during a training exercise in Baghdad, Aug. 18. Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st Cavalry Division. BAGHDAD — American servicemembers here continue to train the Iraqi Army (IA) using the same methods available to U.S. military forces. Starting off with the basic steps and procedures, a crawl, walk then run approach helps the Iraqis attain professional military standards. The 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, teamed up with 150th Armed Reconnaissance Squadron, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team,...
  • Marine Helps Transition Team Train Iraqi Army in Vehicle Maintenance

    08/01/2009 1:48:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 206+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, USMC
    Iraqi Army mechanics participate in a class on the Humvee fuel system at Camp Ali, July 16. Photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, 2nd Marine Logistic Group. CAMP RAMADI — One Marine has come a long way since beginning a maintenance partnership here in February with the Iraqi Army and Military Transition Team 9999. Staff Sgt. Donald L. Marsh, a platoon sergeant with Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 4, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), teaches bi-weekly maintenance classes with in-depth classroom instruction followed by practical application on everything from the fuel system to the electrical system of a Humvee."Marsh has...
  • Fort Leonard Wood's 50th MRBC teaches at Iraqi Army Engineer School

    07/21/2009 12:34:47 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 8 replies · 575+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 7/14/2009 | Capt. Vanessa Bowman/Army Public Affairs
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE TAJI, Iraq (July 14, 2009) — Soldiers from the 4th, 5th, and Headquarters, Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiments partnered with 50th Multi-Role Bridge Company from Fort Leonard Wood, a part of Joint Task Force Eagle, to train on Mabey and Johnson Bridge emplacement at the Iraqi Army Engineer School from July 3 to 13. The Iraqi Army Engineer School trains 400 to 500 Iraqi Army engineers each rotation. The 50th MRBC, which supports the 555th Engineer Brigade, assists this effort by instructing groups of 20 to 30 IA Engineers during ten-day blocks of classroom and hands-on bridge...
  • U.S. Units Partner, Pass Combat Life Saver Skills to Iraqi Army Medics

    07/14/2009 4:47:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 338+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Crystal Reidy, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
    Sgt. Fedra A. Toy instructs Iraqi Soldiers on how to properly administer an intravenous injection during a five-day Combat Life Saver course at Contingency Operating Base Adder, June 17. Photo by Sgt. Crystal Reidy, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). COB ADDER — Two U.S. units partnered to provide Combat Life Saver (CLS) skills to the Iraqi Army (IA) during a recent five-day training course here. Medics from the 287th Sustainment Brigade and 4th Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 1st Armored Division, partnered to provide CLS training to four medics from the IA 10th Special Forces Commando Battalion.The goal was to conduct a...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Complete Radio Training

    07/10/2009 5:05:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 252+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Sharla Perrin, USA
    Spc. Anthony Wilson, 1st Cavalry Division, instructs two Iraqi Army Soldiers on their new single channel ground and airborne radio system on Forward Operating Base Marez, July 8. Photo by Pfc. Sharla Perrin, 1st Cavalry Division. MOSUL — Coalition forces throughout Ninewa are continuing to support their Iraqi Security Force counterparts through integrated training events such as marksmanship and radio communications. Troops with the 1st Cavalry Division’s operations section trained an Iraqi Army (IA) communications team on the installation and operation of their new vehicle radio communication systems on Forward Operating Base Marez, July 8.The single channel ground and airborne...
  • Iraq’s National Sovereignty Day

    06/30/2009 11:10:33 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-30-09 | Wordsmith
    Iraqi policemen in Basra celebrated the withdrawal on Tuesday. A recent spate of high-profile bombings that has killed over 250 people has added to the uncertainty of the handover, but it did not dampen the national pride of the day. Photo: Haider al-Assadee/European Pressphoto AgencyIt should be a victory day for all; but not without cautious optimism, nervous trepidation, and healthy skepticism. Peter Feaver: Early reports that General Odierno felt the deadline should slip a bit gave way to more recent reports that he was comfortable meeting the deadline. This reassured me somewhat, until I re-read this assessment by Stephen...
  • Iraqi Troops Ready for Added Responsibility, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    06/29/2009 4:43:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – The withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from all Iraqi cities and towns was completed over the weekend and ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a Pentagon spokesman said on a cable TV news show today. “Overall, the security situation is stable enough for Iraqi security forces to take on this added responsibility,” Geoff Morrell said on CNN’s “Newsroom.” “It’s one that they want, and it’s one that the commanders on the ground feel they are capable of taking on. “It has to be OK because there’s a legal agreement, which forces us to abide by these timelines,”...
  • Iraqis rejoice as U.S. troops leave Baghdad

    06/29/2009 10:22:47 AM PDT · by americanophile · 34 replies · 2,749+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | June 30, 2009 | Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. troops pulled out of Baghdad on Monday, triggering jubilation among Iraqis hopeful that foreign military occupation is ending six years after the invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Iraqi soldiers paraded through the streets in their American-made vehicles draped with Iraqi flags and flowers, chanting, dancing and calling the pullout a "victory." One drove a motorcycle with party streamers on it; another, a Humvee with a garland of plastic roses on the grill. U.S. combat troops must pull out of Iraq's urban centers by midnight on Tuesday under a bilateral security pact that also requires all troops...
  • Joint Security Station Sadr City Transferred to Iraqi Army

    06/24/2009 4:01:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 396+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, USA
    Lt. Col. Timothy Karcher, commander, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, presents Sameer al Haddad, a representative from the Office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, a symbolic key signifying the transfer of responsibility of Joint Security Station Sadr City in northeast Baghdad during the official ceremony, June 20. Photo by Sgt. Shejal Pulivarti, 1st Cavalry Division. BAGHDAD — A common sense of triumph and accomplishment drifted in the air during a ceremony in northeast Baghdad’s Sadr City district June 20, as U.S. Soldiers returned Joint Security Station (JSS) Sadr City to the Iraqi Army (IA), in accordance with the U.S.-Iraq...
  • Center Analyzes Past Missions to Increase Iraqi Army Performance

    06/14/2009 12:06:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    BAGHDAD — Since its inception, the Lessons Learned Center (LLC) has focused on how it can help the Iraqi Army (IA) better its performance in defending the nation. Fulfilling a key element of the US-Iraq Security Agreement, the LLC collects and analyzes what IA forces have learned from previous missions and then uses that information to recommend improvements to those forces. This has helped improve both the units’ professionalism and the security they provide. There are three main sections to the LLC. The Collections section is responsible for visiting units to collect information in a detailed and organized method. This...
  • JSS Hurriyah II Passes to Iraqi Army

    06/11/2009 5:47:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Dustin Roberts, USA
    BAGHDAD — As the June 30 deadline for U.S. Soldiers to be out of Iraqi cities draws near, U.S. forces under Multi-National Division - Baghdad handed over Joint Security Station (JSS) Hurriyah II to Iraqi Security Forces, June 9. "This is yet another step the sovereign state of Iraq has taken to provide for the security of the people of Baghdad and the progress that has been achieved together with the Iraqi Security Forces," said Col. Joseph Martin, commander, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team. "Iraq is now enjoying irreversible momentum toward a peaceful and prosperous future." Since October, elements of...
  • U.S. Forces Transfer Joint Security Station Mutanabe to Iraqi Army

    06/01/2009 5:08:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 425+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Joe Thompson, USA
    Capt. Adam Ropelewski, commander, Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over control of Joint Security Station Mutanabe to Capt. 'Ali Abdual Zaharra Hussain, 4th Company, 3rd Battalion, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade, at a transfer ceremony, May 28. Photo by Sgt. Joe Thompson, Multi-National Division-South. FOB DELTA — U.S. forces handed over the responsibility of Joint Security Station Mutanabe in the Wasit province to the Iraqi Army (IA) in a ceremony here, May 28. Capt. Adam Ropelewski, commander of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, signed over the JSS to Capt. Ali Abdual...
  • Iraqi Military - M1A1-Abrams Main Battle Tank

    05/03/2009 7:48:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 1,638+ views
    na ^ | 5/3/09 | na
    A line of M1A1 Abrams tanks sit in the Iraqi sun as Soldiers of the 9th Iraqi Army Division receive instruction on the basics of tank operation April 11 at Forward Operating Base Hammer. The Iraqi government has purchased 140 Abrams tanks and these Soldiers will be among the first to become certified.
  • Uniformed Iraqi kills US soldiers

    05/02/2009 2:18:21 PM PDT · by SolidWood · 29 replies · 4,431+ views
    BBC ^ | 2 May 2009 | BBC
    A man wearing an Iraqi army uniform has shot dead two US soldiers and injured three others in a military base south of the northern city of Mosul. The US army said the man was also killed in the incident but gave little information about the attack. But Iraqi military reports said he was a soldier also working as an Imam for at a mosque on the base. No motive was given for the attack but Mosul is seen as the last remaining urban stronghold of al-Qaeda in Iraq. The US army said it had received reports of "small arms...
  • Gunman In Iraqi Uniform Kills 2 U.S. Soldiers [Are We Losing The Gains Made Under W?]

    05/02/2009 10:18:30 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 1,852+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 02nd 2009
    Gunman in Iraqi uniform kills 2 U.S. soldiers BAGHDAD - An attacker wearing an Iraqi army uniform shot to death two U.S. soldiers outside the volatile northern city of Mosul on Saturday, the U.S. military said. "We have reports of a small arms fire attack in Hamam al-Alil, 12.5 miles south of Mosul," said Major Derrick Cheng, a spokesman for the U.S. military in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province. "There are initial reports of two U.S. soldiers killed in the attack ... According to initial reports, an individual dressed in an Iraqi army uniform fired on the coalition forces and...
  • Partnership Continues as Soldiers Meet With Iraqi Counterparts

    04/13/2009 4:25:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 148+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Dustin Roberts, USA
    BAGHDAD, April 13, 2009 – In their first engagement on Camp Liberty, Multinational Division Baghdad leaders serving with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team met April 11 with the staff of the 6th Iraqi Army Division’s 24th Brigade. Army Col. Joseph Martin meets with Iraqi army leaders for dinner at the Dagger Inn dining facility on Camp Liberty, Iraq, April 11, 2009. The meeting was the first time the leaders have met at Camp Liberty. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Dustin Roberts  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The leaders, who help to secure the population...
  • Iraqi Contractors Provide Base Security

    04/05/2009 1:21:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 284+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. John Gordinier,USAF
    An Iraqi screener searches a local national before entering Joint Base Balad, April 1. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Lionel Castellano, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing. JOINT BASE BALAD — More than 100 Iraqis were recently contracted to secure the outer perimeter of this base to help protect the men and women serving here. “This contract is a first of its kind,” said Lt. Col. Raymond Reyes, Joint Base Balad (JBB) Regional Contracting Center commander. “Putting a requirement to employ 80 percent of the contractor’s workforce from the local area is an innovative contracting solution to implementing the Joint Campaign Plan.“This is...
  • 7th IA Commandos Begin Grueling Course

    03/29/2009 10:49:44 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Jason Hernandez, USMC
    CAMP MEJID — Military Transition Team (MiTT)-7, working with the Reconnaissance Platoon of Regimental Combat Team (RCT)-8, recently launched a month-long training course designed to hone the skills of the 7th Iraqi Army Division’s Special Operations Battalion. The training program began with a five-day marksmanship refresher, which reminded the Iraqi commandos how to properly zero their weapons, fire at extended distances, and rapidly assess and engage close-range targets with their assault rifles. “I’d say they’re giving everything they’ve got,” said Robert Wise, MiTT-7’s special operations foreign internal defense specialist. “They come out here, and in their own way, they try...
  • Iraqi Soldiers Learn Warrior Skills During ‘Sergeant’s Time’

    03/27/2009 5:56:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 387+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Michael J. Taylor, USA
    PATROL BASE HILLA, Iraq, March 27, 2009 – The Iraqi army’s 31st Brigade chose its best and brightest soldiers to attend the first “Sergeant’s Time” training hosted by U.S. soldiers at the Iraqi army compound here. Army Spc. Daniel S. Mutchler, signal support systems specialist and “Sergeant’s Time” instructor, shows Iraqi soldiers how to properly tie down an OE-254 antenna during the 172nd Infantry Brigade’s first Iraqi army Sergeant’s Time training at the Iraqi army compound on Patrol Base Hilla, Iraq, March 17, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. Taylor  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Soldiers...
  • U.S., Iraqi Troops Deliver Aid to Baghdad Community

    03/26/2009 4:19:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 208+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 26, 2009 – Iraq soldiers of the 11th Iraqi Army Division and members of the 11th U.S. Military Transition Team delivered much-needed medical supplies to the residents of northeastern Baghdad’s al-Shaab community March 19. This joint humanitarian-aid mission was the first glimpse of government assistance for some residents of this poverty-stricken neighborhood in the Adhamiyah district.  Students at the New Iraq School smile at the sight of Iraqi and coalition forces who were bringing medical supplies to al-Shaab community in northeastern Baghdad, March 19, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Phillip Adam Turner  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...