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In race to train Iraq security force, GIs find trust is biggest obstacle

By the U.S. military’s current expectations, the joint patrol by American and Iraqi troops was a success–only about a third of the Iraqi soldiers hid their faces out of fear of being seen with the Americans. But Lt. Joaquin Meno of the 1st Infantry Division had even higher hopes as he led the patrol recently into an area where U.S. soldiers have been hectored for weeks. The Iraqi troops bounded out of their trucks and set up a right flank, just as they have been trained. Minutes later Meno did a double take: Several of the Iraqis had tugged their bandanas and kaffiyehs up to their eyes. “When they do things like that,” Meno said, “it’s hard to trust them.” Building that trust never has been more important. Full Story

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