Sunday, December 10, 2006

Analysis: Training Iraqis May Pose Risks For U.S.

Soldiers train to be trainers at a mock Iraqi village at Ft. Riley in Kansas

The newest program for training Iraqi security forces, embedding 11- to 15-member U.S. transition teams in Iraqi battalions, represents a "high-risk assignment" for the American officers and men involved, according to top military training officials.

The concept is considered so dangerous that a group of potential replacements stand ready at Fort Riley, the U.S. Army base directing the program, for immediate shipment to Iraq if members of a deployed team are killed or wounded, Maj. Gen. Carter F. Ham, who runs the training program, told House members last week.

Read the rest at the Washington Post