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Does Iraq have an Army?

About a dozen Iraqi soldiers crossed over and surrendered to British troops. The Brits had been practicing a live fire exercise and the Iraqis, apparently, thought that the war had started. The Brits sent them back and told them that they will have to wait to surrender, the war hadn’t started yet. Although amusing, this gives us some information on what kind of army Iraq has. Amir Taheri has a thoughtful piece on the state of the Iraqi army and explains why it exists mostly on paper. This is a thoughtful piece with some easily digestable information in it. (I note in passing that Taheri mentions that Iraq is the second-biggest importer of French Cognac, after Japan.) A good read.  

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I wonder about this story. A commander in the field would not have sent them back across--at a minimum he would have questioned them, then turned them over to the Red Cross, or something like that.

Hah! Gaullic perfidy! Here we have proof positive, le fusil fumant, if you will of French military cooperation with Iraq. They have obviously been providing the Iraqi military with updated surrender technology. Is it any wonder, knowing this, just why the French are trying so hard to keep us away from Iraq?

A U.S. ARMY Soldier holding the rank of PFC would have contacted his S-2; Security & Plans, Officer for process- ing these individuals in order to determin if they had any pertantant infomation revelant to the theatre of operations. The assumption is always protect POW’s first and afford the command to make judjements accordingly.

Professionally Yours:

A U.S. ARMY Soldier holding the rank of PFC would have contacted his S-2; Security & Plans, Officer for processing these individuals in order to determin if they had any pertantant infomation revelant to the theatre of operations. The assumption is always protect POW’s first and afford the command the opertunity to make judjements accordingly.

Professionally Yours:

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