Monday, July 21, 2003

Rebuilding Iraq's Military

The U.S. is set to begin training a new Iraqi militia to gradually take over security in the country. "Gradually" is a key word here, as a year from now this force will be only 12,000 strong, when the U.S. has like 150,000 troops in Iraq right now and probably needs a few more. The main importance of this will probably be demonstrating that the U.S. is dedicated to Iraqi sovereignty. However, those Iraqis who reject the governing council will probably turn on this force, as well. I also noticed they said that the ethnic composition of each unit in the new militia will reflect the ethnic composition of a given area of the country. This is not really a national army. I haven't generally taken the line that Iraq will wind up in a civil war, but if it does, the U.S. may regret organizing things that way.


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