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Outside editorial: Obama tinkers with failed Islamic State strategy Iraq involved in retraining the Iraqi army, which collapsed a year ago when...U.S. trainers, however, the Iraqi army is incapable of defeating Islamic...has been focused on rebuilding the Iraqi army, which is a very dubious proposition...
US program to train Syrian rebels losing ground

...vetting of volunteers.That program, together with a more advanced but also troubled parallel effort to rebuild the Iraqi army, is central to the U.S.-led effort to create ground forces capable of fighting IS without involving U.S. ground...
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Against IS, airstrikes may not suffice airstrikes and pleased to dispatch suicide attackers who are difficult to stop. Facing a declared offensive by the Iraqi army in Anbar province, the militants did just that, unleashing a wave of suicide car bombings late Tuesday that killed...
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My Turn: Invading Iraq wasn't our worst mistake

...from future employment in the public sector." He followed that up with CPA Order No. 2, which formally disbanded the Iraqi Army.Thus, having alienated the only people who knew how to make Iraq work as a civil society and having deprived them...
Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds

...many Kurdish areas of jihadi fighters.But since June, when Islamic State fighters captured weapons and vehicles from Iraqi army bases and brought them into Syria, the militants have retaken some Kurdish areas, mostly in the northern region of...
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Analysis: US-led airstrikes produce few gains

...melted into urban areas when needed to elude the threat, and they have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants.The limited results show the central weakness of the campaign: There is...
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UN: Iraq sees highest annual death toll in years

...turn on al-Qaida in 2005-2007, that they too had been targeted by extremists.On Tuesday, Maliki said that the Iraqi army would hand over control of cities in Anbar province to the local police, a main demand of discontented Sunni politicians...
Alaska's Stryker Brigade halfway through its Iraq mission

...academies and training programs for Iraqi army officers and soldiers that include...counterinsurgency operations to five of the nine Iraqi army battalions it's working with, Shields said. Still, all the Iraqi army battalions, even the five that have...
A long recovery for Fairbanks solider

...guys" from the Abu Ghraib sector. "We shut down the problems we were having in the area and turned it over to the Iraqi army and moved on," he said. "When we arrived there were significantly more IEDs going off than when we left. After three...
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...validity of the arguments, our nation, with its overwhelming military might, invaded Iraq. And the "formidable" Iraqi army, that great threat to our nation, crumbled like a house of cards. No weapons of mass destruction, chemical or biological...


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