July 14, 2005



In what was termed a significant achievement, up to 40 percent of Iraqi security forces have been deemed as combat capable.

The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report that despite setbacks and an insurgency campaign, Iraq's military and security forces have achieved significant progress over the last year. The report, authored by senior fellow Anthony Cordesman, said Iraq's special forces units were deemed the most capable in the armed forces.

As of mid-June 2005, the report said, about 40 percent of the special forces police units and 20 percent of army units were rated "capable." The report said none of the special units were rated "fully capable."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 14, 2005 10:41 PM

Wasn't Cordesman one of the Iraq quagmire talking heads on TV?

Look for more stories like this to justify the Brits and US beginning to pull out in '06 (before the US election).

Posted by: AWW at July 14, 2005 10:44 PM


Being a soldier is not rocket science, they have been "capable" for sometime. Desire to defend a new unified Iraqi state is what is lacking. I think the Sunni/Baathist need to be approached about the possibility of a 3-way split of the country. A dominating Shia majority will not be accepted by the Sunni, unless they suffer massive defeat and humiliation by the US. Neither Bush (nor the American people) will do that so move the goal post back and describe victory as peaceful co-existence among the three groups and bring all the troops back except for a few bases in relatively peaceful Kurdistan.

Posted by: h-man at July 15, 2005 4:53 AM

H-man's point is well taken. I don't know enough to have an opinion as to its correctness.

I can, however, write on future Iraqi capability. We do not give our allies everything they need to be "capable." We hever have. Korea still operates with American stiffening, particularly in high-tech areas. We betrayed South Vietnam by reneging on our promise to provide our air/armor capabilities when the COmmunists invaded, leaving them virtually helpless.

Iraq will be no different. If everything goes as well as it possibly could, we will have people there for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 15, 2005 6:16 AM

You aren't capable of being an effective soldier just because you want to be.

Posted by: oj at July 15, 2005 7:50 AM