IRAQI SECURITY FORCES

Monday April 18, 2005

The Multi-National Force-Iraq (Coalition forces) and the Iraqis are committed to creating a self-reliant Iraqi Security Force that is capable of sustained, independent counterinsurgency operations.

The commitment and professionalism of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are improving.
- Unauthorized absences within the Ministry of Defense (forces) have significantly decreased and are no longer impacting operations.
- Strong leadership in the ISF and close links to Coalition forces are helping the regular police and border forces meet the challenges of securing high-threat areas.
- Special Police units - including nine Police Commando Battalions, nine Public Order Battalions, and two Mechanized Battalions - have emerged as effective fighters and are serving as interim forces between regular police and army units.

Security force training continues as more forces are coming on-line.
- The last three of the original 27 regular army battalions have graduated. The Ministry of Defense now has 81 operational combat battalions with two support battalions.
- Police training capacity is expanding. Eight-week academies should produce more than 4,000 graduates per month this spring.
- Nearly 250 recruits graduated from the Iraqi Highway Patrol Academy on April 7. The group is the first to graduate from the new academy.
- During the three-week course, students received training in weapons, driving, convoy operations, patrolling, searching buildings, first aid and anti-terrorism force protection from 13 instructors. The instructors were a mix of Iraqi officers, Coalition soldiers, international police trainers and international police liaison officers.

Source: DOD

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Army Racing

NASCAR - Despite handling problems throughout Sunday's Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, U.S. Army driver Joe Nemechek stayed calm as he persevered to salvage a 17th-place finish.

NHRA - Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher dropped a semifinal round encounter to Doug Kalitta Sunday in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The driver of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster posted a tire-smoking effort against Kalitta but the loss will not hurt his standing in the Top Fuel point chase.

Army Rodeo

PRCA - Cowgirl Brittany Pozzi finished 1st in the Barrel Racing finals with a time of 17.5 seconds. Saddle Bronc rider, Cody "Hot Sauce" DeMoss held on to his lead in the world standings by having a strong performance Apr. 10 at the Clark County Fair and Rodeo, placing third. Although our PBR riders are still out with injuries, Mike Lee and James White attended the Army Invitational event in Colorado Springs this weekend.

Women
Tennis: (4/17) Army 4, Bucknell 0
Softball: (4/17) Army 11, Lafayette 2
(4/16) Army 2, 12 Lafayette 1, 3 (doubleheader)

Men
Tennis: (4/17) Army 7, Lafayette 0 (Army ended season 19-4)
Baseball: (4/17) Army 0, 9 Bucknell 7, 2 (doubleheader)

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • The Warrior Ethos: Army Reserve Soldier earns Silver Star in the 'kill zone' (ARNEWS)
  • Army Secretary challenges tomorrow's leaders (ARNEWS)
  • Role of women in combat confused (WT | EB)
  • Stryker meets Army expectations (TRADOC News)
  • Army pushing for recruitment of Arabic speakers (BS | EB)
  • Soldier is Army's 'special' hometown recruiting assistant (AFIS)
  • A tough day for the Army Chevrolet (ARNEWS)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqi government seeks removal of Hussein-era officials (WP | EB)
  • Iraqis call for measures to eradicate insurgency (WT | EB)
  • Talibani resolute in ending terror (WT | EB)
  • Iraqis slowly taking the reigns from U.S. troops (Time/EB)
  • 'Desperate' Taliban likely to step up violence (AFIS)
  • Iraqis deny reports of hostages in Madain (WP | EB)
  • "Message to the Iraqi people" -- Donald Rumsfeld (Opinion) (Al-Sabah/EB)
  • "Invest in solidarity" -- Douglas Feith (Opinion) (WSJ/EB)
  • "To America's troops in Iraq, thank you (SDUT/EB)
  • Soldiers to run 'Boston Marathon' in Iraq (CSM | EB)
  • Afghan warlord to take government post (WT/EB)
  • Coalition helping Afghans confront narcotics threat (AFIS)

OF INTEREST

  • Negotiations in defense pay and discipline rules begin (WP | EB)
  • DoD plans to test changes in officer personnel policy (AT/EB)
  • Military medical jobs may change to civilian posts (FT/EB)
  • Base closures could sound worse than they actually are (NVP | EB)
  • Amputee Soldier to compete in Boston Marathon (AFIS)
  • Rumsfeld plans to stick around (Time/EB)
  • Possible reactor shutdown in N. Korea worries U.S. (NYT | EB)
  • NATO concerned over potential budget cuts (IHT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Iraqi army finds no signs of hostages (Aljazeera)
  • India, Pakistan agree to peace, trade and transport (BBC)
  • U.S. OKs Seoul's role as 'balancer' in N.E. Asia (Korean Times)

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