Excerpt Of The Day: Iraqi Forces Update

“First, we’re about 92 percent complete on the targeted 188,000 MOI forces that we’re working to train and equip. If you break that down into its major segments relative to the Iraqi police, we’re about 90 percent trained and 83 percent are equipped. And in particular, when you look at the nine key cities that we have been working with, they are also at about 99 percent equipped at this time.

From the standpoint of the National Police, used to be the Special Police, they’re 98 percent trained and 92 percent equipped.

And then, finally, from the standpoint of the Department of Border Enforcement, we’re about 92 percent trained and 56 percent equipped. And the reason why they’re a little lower than everybody else is because we did prioritize the resourcing of our contested areas in particular, so that took away from a more balanced approach towards the DBE first.

So, with regard to Iraqi police and police services, and also the National Police, you can see that they’re doing very well right now.

Slide and chart, please.

One of the key things that a lot of people don’t understand is our strategy for building police capacity. On the chart you can see here on the left-hand side is really what I was talking about here relative to equipping and training. It’s what we are doing from the standpoint of the institution itself. We’ve got 12 academies here in Iraq.

About 80 percent of the platform instructors now are Iraqi, and by the end of this year, all of the academies will be handed over to the Iraqis to run and administer.” — Major General Joe Peterson

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