Monday, October 31, 2011

Iraq's Military Forces Not Ready Until 2020

Iraqi forces will not be ready to protect its borders without assistance from international partners until at least 2020, a military official says. (AFP)

Iraq General Says ‘Forces Not Ready Until 2020’ -- Al Arabiya News

Iraq will not be fully able to defend its borders and airspace until at least 2020, a watchdog quoted Iraq’s top general as saying in a report on Sunday, months before U.S. troops are to leave.

The Iraqi military’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Babaker Zebari, “estimated that it will take several more years before Iraq can provide for its external defense without assistance from international partners,” said the report from the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR).

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Iraq not capable of defending itself until 2020, report -- Xnhuanet

My Comment:
Iraq's defence chief has been saying this for the past year .... but no one is listening.

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