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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-22-07 10:32 PM
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Increased Role Sought for G.I.s in Iraq Training
Source: NYTimes

With violence in Iraq on the decline and a quarter of American combat brigades scheduled to leave by July, commanders plan to give the remaining brigades an expanded role in training and supporting Iraqi forces, according to officials involved in a confidential military review of the next phase of the American troop deployment.

The plan, not yet in final form, is intended to transfer more of the security burden in Iraq to the Iraqis without giving up the gains that the Americans have made in recent months in pacifying the most violent areas and weakening the Sunni insurgency.

The approach is strikingly different from the plans advocated by many United States politicians, including some Democratic presidential contenders, who have called for a rapid withdrawal of American combat brigades from Iraq the very units that American commanders see as playing a central role in the transition toward Iraqi control.

It is intended to supplement the longstanding American efforts to recruit, equip and advise Iraqi forces by strengthening their ability to deal with a diverse array of threats. The plan also reflects the vision of American commanders of the evolving role of American combat units after President Bushs troop reinforcement plan runs its course next summer.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/23/world/middleeast/23tr...
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nightrider767 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-22-07 11:45 PM
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1. Doesn't matter
We took that country and won't give it back anytime soon.

Like American democracy, an illusion.
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