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Sunday, June 26, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

U.S. training Kurds in counter-insurgency ops

BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has concluded a training effort for Iraqi Kurdish forces assigned to conduct company operations.


Officials said the U.S. Army trained forces in the northern autonomous region of Kurdistan to stage company and battalion operations. American instructors taught the Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade counter-insurgency skills, including clearing, fire control and squad and platoon maneuvers.

"It's important for the officers to understand what they're doing and their role as they train their soldiers," Kurdish Regional Guard Col. Jamil, commander of the 4th Battalion.,said.

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Officials said the U.S. training mission, led by the Army's Bushmasters, has been approved and coordinated by the central government in Baghdad. They said Kurds were being prepared for border and other security missions.

In January, Kurdish officers from the 4th Battalion conducted their final training exercise in the northern town of Laylan. The exercise, based at Kurdish brigade headquarters, focused on platoon operations, with the unit divided into three squads.

"The Bushmasters created the training program, consisting of both classroom and hands-on instruction to teach officers basic skills such as movement formations and techniques; how to create and execute operations orders; military operations in urban environments; direct fire control measures; and squad and platoon-level drills," a U.S. military statement said.

In December 2010, the U.S. military established the training program to teach Peshmerga officers to relay basic soldiering skills. Officials said the course envisioned the emergence of a core of Kurdish trainers at the level of platoon and company.

"While there are still some minor things we can improve on throughout the training, the officers have become better and faster in combat areas, and have gained a better understanding of what their role is and what they are doing," Jamil, whose full name was not given, said.


A big thank you to the US.

dario      12:50 p.m. / Monday, June 27, 2011

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