Here's yet another Iraqi story you won't get from the MSM:
Coalition training teams with Iraqi military units, police battalions and border guard units are making a tremendous difference in the performance and professionalism of the Iraqi security forces, said the commander of the Iraq Assistance Group on Monday. Army Brig. Gen. Dana Pittard told the Pentagon press corps in a video teleconference from Iraq that Iraqi forces are well-equipped, but require help in sustainment.This is sort of like Vietnam in reverse. Its important to note that the Iraqi security force is finding its legs, starting to make its own decisions. I also find it heartening that their biggest problem is logistics (not deserters, low morale, equipment failure, recruiting or any one of a hundred problems that plague armies). Logistics can be taught, demonstrated, and learned. Morale and loyalty cannot.
This is the sort of thing that has to continue in Iraq. What people like Lamont don't understand is that our presence in Iraq is critical to avoiding the civil war that he so gleefully predicts.
In other good news:
DIWANIYAH, Iraq -- Iraqi Army and police forces successfully fended off an attack by a large group of terrorists in the Al Eufrat, Al Jumhuri and Al Nahda districts of Ad Diwaniyah after a 12-hour battle today that ended at approximately 3:00 p.m.And
Iraqi security forces captured an improvised explosive device maker and IED cell leader Aug. 27 near Mussayib. The suspect is believed to have participated in multiple IED attacks on Coalition and Iraqi security forces, including one which took the lives of four U.S. servicemembers on May 5. This individual is also believed to be a supplier of IEDs to illegal armed groups inciting sectarian violence and government instability through kidnapping, murder and armed attacks.
The raid, conducted by Iraqi police with Coalition observers, occurred without incident and there were no civilian, Iraqi forces, or Coalition Force casualties.
Thats what I like to hear.