How to train for war in Iraq
Training for a war in Afghanistan is already underway in Iraq, but the US is looking to the United States for help in training the Iraqi military, according to a new report.
The US Army’s logistics and intelligence services are set to launch a five-year pilot project, The Daily Beast reports.
The programme will focus on training and equipping Iraqi army units to counter the Islamic State group, according the Daily Beast.
The report, which was based on interviews with two US defense officials, said the US will provide weapons and equipment to the Iraqi army for up to six months and help train its special operations forces.US officials have previously said they expect the US to provide the Iraqi security forces with a large amount of weapons and ammunition.
In January, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that Washington will provide Iraq with the US-made M-16 assault rifle, which the Pentagon said was one of its “most critical” weapons in the fight against the Islamic group.
But in February, the Pentagon was forced to issue a statement to reporters saying that Washington had not supplied weapons to Iraq.
“While we have received a number of requests for the M-4, which is a weapon that we are actively working to procure, we do not currently have the capability to supply the equipment,” a Pentagon statement read.
“The US will continue to support Iraqi forces to combat the threat posed by the [Islamic State] threat and will continue assisting the Iraqi government with their humanitarian needs.”
The United States has provided over $2 billion in weapons to Iraqi forces since the start of the US invasion in 2003, according a Pentagon report.
But there are concerns that the US might be reluctant to provide additional weaponry to a country where the US has not been an active participant in the country’s reconstruction.
“I think there is a perception that the United Kingdom is not as engaged as the US in the effort to build a viable government,” John O’Connor, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
O’Connor is a former US official who has advised on Afghanistan.
The United Kingdom and France, two NATO allies, have sent about 100,000 troops to Iraq to help build the country up.
The UK has also been supplying Iraqi troops with ammunition.
But in March, Iraq announced that it would be scaling back the amount of ammunition that it was able to supply to the army.
A similar situation is happening in neighboring Afghanistan, where the United Nations said that over 100,00 Afghan civilians have been killed in the fighting in recent months, and that over 1.2 million people have been displaced due to the fighting.