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Why a Self-Reliant Iraqi Military May Take ‘Years, if Not Decades’ and Could Require a ‘Generation’ to Reform

Why a Self-Reliant Iraqi Military May Take ‘Years, if Not Decades’ and Could Require a ‘Generation’ to Reform by Todd South - Military Times

Despite reports that the Islamic State terrorist group has lost 99 percent of its territory and shifted to insurgent tactics in Iraq and Syria, a recent report said an enduring defeat of the organization could take “years, if not decades.”

 

This, according to Department of Defense information provided to investigators with the DoD Inspector General, is in large part due to what is still needed to make Iraqi security forces “self-reliant.”

 

“Systemic weaknesses remain, many of which are the same deficiencies that enabled the rise of ISIS in 2014,” according to the quarterly IG report on Operation Inherent Resolve, the counter-ISIS operation that spans Iraq and Syria…

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