Iraq's Army unable to function without US support
The ability to pay its troops is just one of the many basic services for which Iraq's military remains almost totally dependent on American forces.The Iraqi government lacks the infrastructure to supply food and water to their own troops.
None of Al Anbar's Iraqi brigades — among the newest and most strategically important — perform independently. Logistics is their greatest weakness. Many rely on U.S. forces for food, transportation, uniforms, identification cards, drinking water, weapons and virtually every other necessity.
There're some other interesting bits in this LATimes piece. Desertion rates at 40% in some places, and a US trainer talking about sleeping with one eye open out of fear of his Iraqi trainees.
Also: Does this announcement sound like padding the truth? The headline is US, Iraqi troops kill more than 20 foreign rebels.
Sounds like a successful operation, right? Look how well it's going. The headline does seem to paint a picture of one or two good days, but in the first paragraph we learn that these "kills" took place over "the past few weeks."
I don't know why this bothered me. Maybe it's because in the wake of the revelations about the planting of "truthful, positive" stories in the Iraqi press by Pentagon contractor Lincoln Group, this just smells of bald PR. I mean, the Pentagon didn't pay to have this story printed in the US press, but if it were legal, I think they would have. It's not lying, but it's a deceptive way to present facts.
(The NYTimes/AP version, with virtually the same headline by the way, doesn't mention "weeks" until the fifth paragraph.)