Coalition Training Makes The Difference
Part of the overall security situation in Iraq and its success can be laid at the feet of the Iraq security service. It has slowly grown into an organization that can protect and defend both its citizens, but Iraq as a whole.
The number of attacks in the nation have fallen significantly since the start of 2002. Each month that passes brings newly trained personnel from different police and Iraqi Army academies into service. They are being taught and instructed by coalition members, and this has helped the country begin to take confidence and work as a cohesive, self regulating nation.
Major General Michael Oates is the MNF Center commander, and he works closely with Major General Al Salih Fargood Oothman, who is the commander of the 8th Iraqi Army Division.
?The Iraqi situation is greatly improved, and you can tell the difference after being in the various communities for only a few minutes,? said General Oates. ?You get a sense of confidence and safety on the streets that you didn?t have even a few months ago,? said General Oates.
?The initiative, competence and capability of the Iraqi Security forces are getting better and better? said General Oates. ?You literally cannot tell it?s the same nation that was here two years ago, the changes in overall security and the responsibility of the ISF forces is amazing,? said Oates.
The Iraqi Security forces also have learned from the leaders of the coalition, and work to identify and help provide for the needs of their people.