<b>Building Iraqi Security Forces Through Partnership</b>

<b>What is it' </b>

The Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I), in partnership with the Government of Iraq, develops professional security ministries and forces capable of maintaining internal security and defending against external threats. MNSTC-I was established June 28, 2004, to help Iraq organize, train and equip its military and police forces.

<b>What has it done' </b>

Working closely with the Iraqi ministries of Defense and Interior, the command has assisted in forming more than 115 army and police combat battalions. Today there are more than 650,000 trained and equipped members of the security forces, with more joining the forces every month to defend the Iraqi people.

<b>What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future' </b>

Until its complete departure from Iraq by the end of 2011, the U.S. Army, as part of a joint service effort, will continue to provide advice and assistance for the rebuilding and self-sustainment of Iraqi Security Forces, as called for in the U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement that became effective Jan. 1, 2009.

<b>Why is this important' </b>

MNSTC-I's efforts are helping build an Iraq that is safe, stable and self-reliant. This will help eliminate Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists. It will also help set the conditions for the democratically elected government to be responsive to the needs and welfare of the Iraqi people. Finally, this will allow U.S. military forces to conduct a responsible drawdown from Iraq.

<b>Resources: </b>

<a href=" http://www.mnstci.iraq.centcom.mil/" target="_blank"> MNSTC-I homepage</a>

<a href=" http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baghdad/Multi-National-Security-Transition-Command-Iraq/153407622188'ref=ts" target="_blank"> MNSTC-I Facebook</a>

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