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    25 February 2006

    There is no Iraqi Army

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    The reason I can not condone an American pull out is simple, there is no army. I mean, not one single batillion capable of standing alone without US assistance. The sectarian militias rival any grouping we could hope to put together over there.

    In order to pull out we must be replaced with an army, or better yet a police force. However, we will not find or train one. If we leave for November, then Iraq will split and war will rage in the Middle East. Millions of lives will be threatened. Without help we can not pull out. Not for the elections in 06 or 08. Republican ploy or Democratic demand, with no alternative we are stuck.
    The only Iraqi battalion capable of fighting without U.S. support has been downgraded to a level requiring them to fight with American troops backing them up, the Pentagon said Friday.

    The battalion, made up of 700 to 800 Iraqi Army soldiers, has repeatedly been offered by the U.S. as an example of the growing independence of the Iraqi military.

    The competence of the Iraqi military has been cited as a key factor in when U.S. troops will be able to return home.

    Posted by Geoff

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