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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:53 AM
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Iraqi Spooks Come in from the Cold

Iraqi Spooks Come in from the Cold | By Christian Lowe | November 28, 2007

The top American official responsible for training the new Iraqi intelligence services said Tuesday that country's spies could be ready to go it alone by the end of next year.

After years of fits and starts, the Iraqi military and ministry of defense intel services are up and running, and, with coalition help, scoring some significant wins against insurgent groups, bombers and cross-border infiltrators.

"I would say by this time next year they would be likely self-sufficient to the extent that within the capability they have, both technical and human, that they can, in fact, collect, analyze and disseminate information to provide support to the Iraqi ground forces," said Dan Maguire, the senior American trainer for Iraqi intelligence services, in an interview with military bloggers Nov. 27.

Maguire said in and around Baghdad the number of targets Iraqi intelligence personnel develop has jumped from less than a dozen per week before this year's troop buildup to an average of 50 to 60 targets per week.

Moreover, Iraqi intel services are now able to go after about 90 percent of the bad guys they finger, where before the surge few targets had hard enough intelligence to nab.

The new intel services have been able to develop their own information, analyze it and grab insurgents using Iraqi military and police forces about 30 percent of the time, "so they are right now on par in terms of going after targets and having success on that with the rest of the coalition forces," Maguire said.

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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:55 AM
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1. umm.. bad guys?
It looks to me as though the Iraqi spooks are the bad guys,
informing on their own people who are trying to stand up to
the aggressive invader.
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NYVet Donating Member (822 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:10 AM
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3. Really....
I thought that the bad guys were the ones that walked into a market and blew themselves up, or parked a car near a market to kill women and children.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:02 AM
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2. The blocker was waterboard training because of the drought
didn't have enough water to run the training exercises.
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