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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:43 PM
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More Iraqi Security Forces Needed?
CBS News has learned exclusively that Gen. George Casey, the U.S. Commander in Iraq, is expected to recommend the size of Iraqi security forces be increased by up to 100,000. This comes just as the U.S. military is about to reach its long-stated goal of training and equipping 325,000 Iraqis to take over the fighting from American troops.

Officials say the explosion of sectarian violence, which Gen. Casey calls a fundamental change in the nature of the threat, now makes that number look inadequate. On top of that is the fact that any given day, one quarter of the Iraqi Army is on leave.

Increasing the size of the Iraqi security forces would also mean more American soldiers would be needed to train and advise them. The United States is also considering doubling from 12 to 25 the number of American advisers embedded in each Iraqi unit.

Gen. Casey is also expected to recommend equipping Iraqi security forces with more heavily armored vehicles police now ride in pick-up trucks and heavier weapons.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/10/30/eveningnews/m...
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:47 PM
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1. Geeze....maybe if the Iraqi military and the police forces
hadn't been destroyed by Bremmer the US soldiers wouldn't be facing this daunting task....the US can't do it alone....and how can they be sure they are not getting insurgents into the ranks...
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