Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik quote
Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik, former commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and the NATO training mission in Iraq, in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, July 9, 2008

The Iraqi security forces are still reliant on our enablers. Their training is basic, their leader shortages still exist and distribution of leaders is uneven. There are still pockets of sectarianism, and last, the problems of rapid growth that any nation would face are evident in the Iraqi security forces. Nonetheless, Iraqi soldiers and police are dedicated to achieve added improvement, so that they can eventually take the lead in security affairs in their country. To ensure that gains achieved by last year's surge operations in Iraq are maintained, continued coalition advisory and training teams, along with partnership units, is necessary, as is Iraqi security-force funding.

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