Iraqi Army – Ready or Not?

Here are a couple of recent pics:

Iraqi army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division conduct a combined patrol with U.S. Army soldiers from the Military Transition Team of 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 13, 2006.

Iraqi army soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division conduct a combined patrol with U.S. Army Soldiers from the Military Transition Team of 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in the Adhamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 13, 2006.

There’s no doubt that the new Iraqi army has made great strides in capability and organization lately, but the effort has a long way to go. Here’s an article in today’s WaPo: Flaws Cited in Effort To Train Iraqi Forces.

See also what Phil Carter had to say about this in Phil Carter back from Iraq.

Comments

  1. Probable plan for development of IA US FY2007 – Man Iraqi Army to 100%. (in-progress) – Man Iraqi Army Combat Bns to 110%. – Equip/train all Iraqi Army Companies with 60mm mortar sections. (in-progress) – Equip/train all Iraqi Army Battalions with mortar Batteries. – Expand Iraqi Army by 3 Divisions to provide ‘mobile strategic reserve’. – Further overman the Iraqi Army Battalions. – Begin assigning aviation companies to IA. – Continue to motorize Iraqi Army with HMMWVs, DZIK3 APC, OTOKAR APC and Cougar APC. Target for end-FY is 30% or 1 company per battalion. – Continue to expand the Strategic Infrastructure Brigades. FY2008 – Add the 13 Fires Brigades, 13 BSBs and 78 mortar/Artl Bns to the Iraqi Army TO/E. – Man Iraqi Army Bns to 125%. – Continue to expand the Strategic Infrastructure Brigades and form them into regional commands (Divs). – Finish training/equip of 3 Division ‘mobile strategic reserve’. – Continue to motorize Iraqi Army with HMMWVs, DZIK3 APC, OTOKAR APC and Cougar APC. Target for end-FY is 70% or 2-3 companies per battalion. (trucks transfer to logistics and ‘technicals’ to the SIBs.) – Expand aviation component. My question is when are they selling fighters and strike birds to the Iraqi Air Force?