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Tuesday, March 8, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

U.S. military credis Iraq with 'huge steps'
in air operations

BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army is said to have improved its intelligence capability.


Officials said the U.S. military has trained Iraqi soldiers to use air assets for surveillance and intelligence operations. They said the Iraq Army has been assuming increasing responsibility over its helicopter fleet, responsible for aerial intelligence missions.

"They're now able to correlate and brief force protection issues and threats to Iraqi air operations with little to no assistance from us," U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Werre said.

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Werre, a U.S. intelligence trainer, said the Iraq Army was no longer relying on the Americans for intelligence. He said Iraqi intelligence analysts have been working with helicopter and other pilots for the collection of raw intelligence and transformation into mission reports.

"They've made huge steps," Werre said. "They take the training to heart that we've provided and apply it to everyday operations."

Iraqi analysts have also been integrating data to enhance exercises by the Army's Special Operations Forces. Officials said this would improve coordination as well as counter-insurgency missions.

"The synergy provided by the intelligence piece has been used to plan and carry out ISOF training missions successfully for months now," a U.S. military statement said on March 5.

Officials said Iraqi intelligence still required significant improvement in 2011 as the U.S. military was preparing to leave the country. They cited the need for better intelligence as well as greater distribution.

"They still have some intelligence gaps that need to be filled," Werre said. "Iraqi information and intelligence data sharing still needs some work across the entire board. This would allow more of their operations to be intel driven, fill some of those gaps and cut down on duplicated work."

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