5-20 INF training Iraqis [Photo]

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U.S. Army soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment watch as Iraqi army soldiers engage targets at a range during a weeklong advanced training course in Mosul, Iraq, on Sept. 1, 2006. DoD photo by Spc. Christa Martin, U.S. Army. (Released)

The creation of the new Iraqi continues.

Meanwhile: ‘Command’ and ‘control’ on the path to self reliance:

Today, six Iraqi Army division headquarters, 26 brigade headquarters and 88 battalions exercise the lead in their own areas – almost 70 percent of the Iraqi Army, and an increase of five division headquarters, 22 brigade headquarters and 65 battalions since November 2005. Almost all of the Iraqi Army will be “in the lead” by the end of 2006.


  1. That’s not just ‘a range.’ That looks like they’re doing a MOUT live fire exercise of some sort-not the plywood walls with 90-degree corner, and the door behind the instructor/safety. The orange line in the corner of the picture is a ‘Don’t Fire Above This Line.’ Iraqi troops need to work on their SRM stance. Should be more like a boxing stance, with the plate in their body armor toward the target. They’re more in the old off-hand firing position.