Thursday, September 29, 2005

NATO Hopes for Big Impact in Iraq

"BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Dozens of Iraqi officers sat in crisp, new combat fatigues, wearing a colorful variety of berets as they crammed into an auditorium for the reopening of the country's military college. One day, NATO instructors hope, these officers could be the solution to Iraq's security woes.

NATO officials privately express fears that U.S. forces will never be able to quell the raging Iraqi insurgency. But they say well-trained, united and well-equipped Iraqi troops, with the support of the local population, may be able to do the job.

That is why they view the elite training of Iraqi officers - NATO's only mission in this country - as so important, likening the college to West Point or Britain's prestigious Sandhurst military academy."


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