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Iraq Police Need Better Screening

Iraq’s police force has suffered from inadequate recruiting and screening of candidates, apparently even allowing some insurgents to join, a U.S. report said Monday. One of the report’s key criticisms was that coalition military personnel are not able to properly find and screen candidates for the police force. The Iraqis are better able to pick recruits than U.S. and allied military personnel since Iraqis’ language skills and cultural knowledge make them better able to detect potential problem candidates, particularly those without reliable records, the report suggested. The military responded that many recruiting and vetting functions are being turned over to the Iraqi government. Full Story

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