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Monday July 18, 2005

Iraqi Army
Iraqi army soldiers go through eight-weeks of basic training including:

- basic soldiering skills
- instruction in weapons
- drill and ceremony
- soldier discipline
- physical training

The Iraqi army will ultimately be comprised of 27 battalions of infantry - including nine special Iraqi Intervention Force battalions - and three transportation battalions. The army will be organized into nine brigades and three divisions.

Iraqi Intervention Force
The Iraqi Intervention Force is the counter-insurgency wing of the Iraqi army. After graduation from basic training, IIF soldiers spend several weeks and months in intensive "military operations in urban terrain" follow-on training. Soldiers work through instruction in the art of street fighting and building clearing operations typical to anti-insurgent operations in cities and towns.

Iraqi Special Operations Force
The Iraqi Special Operations Force is the Iraqi Armed Forces' high-end strike force. Selection for the force begins in the Iraqi National Guard and Iraqi army units already operating in the country. Recruits are then put through an intensive vetting process which takes 10 to 14 days. These Special Operations soldiers then follow a rigorous training regiment which includes:

- land navigation
- small-unit tactics
- live-fire
- unconventional warfare operations
- direct action operations
- airmobile operations
- counterterrorism, survival, evasion, resistance, and escape training

Source: Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq


  • Soldier re-enlistment rates surpass target (USAT | EB)
  • "Army's recruiting difficulties" -- Opinion (WT/EB)
  • Uncertainty over new TV series about war (USAT | EB)
  • Army UAV Center of Excellence to be at Rucker (ARNEWS)
  • Army aviation accidents increasing (SPI | EB)
  • Poor crew coordination blamed for Apache crash (SAEN/EB)
  • State governors concerned over Guard deployments (NYT | EB)
  • SMA highlights transformation, family stability (USARAK News)
  • Reviewing problems and prospects of N. Virginia Army base (WP | EB)
  • Army's joint military exercises in Eastern Europe lay groundwork for bases (USAT | EB)
  • Soldier aids Army to develop weapon stations (ARNEWS)


  • Iraqis stunned by severity of violence in recent bombing (NYT | EB)
  • Death toll from extreme suicide attack reaches 100 (WP | EB)
  • Weekend attack reignites question of effectiveness of Iraqi security forces (CSM | EB)
  • U.S. commander says Iraqi Forces improving (AFIS)
  • Coalition, Iraqi Forces preventing more attacks (AFIS)
  • Iran vows to help Iraq stem violence (WT | EB)
  • U.S. economy is a casualty of war (SFC | EB)
  • Appeals court decision clears way for military commissions (AFIS)
  • Soldiers charged with assaulting suspected insurgents in Baghdad (AFIS)
  • "War of the words" -- Opinion by Donald H. Rumsfeld (WSJ/EB)
  • Human rights report criticizes U.S. strategy in Afghanistan (LAT | EB)
  • NATO forces plan to take command in Southern Afghanistan (USAT/EB)


  • First criminal case filed against Hussein (WP | EB)
  • Committee formed to review Pentagon acquisitions (WP | EB)
  • Guard Chief vows to minimize personal impact of BRAC on Air Guardsmen (AFIS)
  • New civilian personnel system launches in 2006 (ARNEWS)
  • Report claims Britain's ties to U.S. created vulnerability (WP | EB)
  • U.S. re-examining relations with China (LAT | EB)
  • Colombian rebels have wider reach, from trafficking to lobbying (MH | EB)
  • U.S. contribution to Darfur airlift operation begins (AFIS)


  • "Violence in Iraq and U.S. presence" -- Opinion (Aljazeera)
  • U.S. Army general: A forgotten Soldier of Guantanamo (Arab News)
  • Iraq prime minister and Iran president meet to discuss ties (Tehran Times)
  • Israel, Palestine continue back and forth attacks (Aljazeera)
  • Beijing to host nuclear talks beginning July 26 (China Daily)

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July 19, 2005

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is hosting a Salute to the Army Dinner Gala this evening at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. At the event, a National Guard Soldier will be awareded the Bronze Star and reunited with the Captain whose life he saved.


Our purpose here remains centered on helping the Iraqi people win the struggle for their freedom. In that vein, Iraqi political and military leaders, along with Iraqi soldiers, police, and citizens are making steady progress against the insurgency. They are also making progress in developing capable Iraqi army and police forces and creating effective provincial governments. (Transcript)

Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez
Commander, Multinational Force Northwest and Task Force Freedom


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