Level 1,2,3 Iraqi Battallions

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by AndyPipkin, Oct 12, 2005.

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  2. The key question - and one I've rarely seen discussed - is what the primary loyalties of the men in these units are. How they fit into some arbitrary tick the box rating system is secondary. And of course the reason it's rarely discussed is because it's a complex issue requiring careful analysis and liable to come out with answers we won't like.

    Our current efforts to get Iraqi units to provide security are predicated on the assumption that they see themselves as Iraqis first in the way that inhabitants of other nation states do. If they do not see themselves as belonging to that nation rather than to an ethnic, tribal or religious sub-grouping then all we are doing is training up troops for the civil war. My personal view from my current seat is that most of them do not. I'd like to be wrong, but I don't see us doing anything to address this issue.
  3. Thank God for that, when they desert they'll take a clean rifle with them.
  4. OooS - spot on, I sadly suspect.
  5. What a load of 'godbless America' tripe.