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Iraqi Security Forces Fall Short, Generals Say

Top U.S. military commanders in Iraq yesterday acknowledged serious shortcomings in efforts to establish new Iraqi security forces and said the program is being reassessed in light of the failure over the past week of Iraqi units to join U.S. troops in combating militants. Expressing disappointment with the response of the Iraqi forces, some of whom were seen fighting alongside militia loyal to radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, the commanders spoke of the need to overhaul the training, vetting and leadership of the Iraqi units. “We’re taking a very hard look at it, and we are going to make some changes, because we want to understand what we must do better,” said Army Gen. John Abizaid, who oversees U.S. military operations in the Persian Gulf region. Full Story

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