Report: Iraqi forces lacking
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Iraqi national police graduates march during a ceremony in Baghdad, Monday. About 530,000 people are on the security forces' payroll, but a "substantial number" cannot be relied upon due to injuries, absence on the job, and outdated records that don't reflect casualties.
PROBLEMS WITH IRAQI TROOPS
Shortcomings of the Iraqi forces identified by report of Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction:
•A shortage of officers and non-commissioned officers.
•A reliance of Iraqi forces on the United States to provide services such as supplies and transportation.
•A need for more Iraqi troops. U.S. and Iraqi officials estimate Iraq will need between 600,000 and 646,000 forces by 2010, a 22% increase.
By Matt Kelley, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — [b]Iraq's military and police forces need years of improvements before they have enough recruits, officers and support systems to secure the country, the government's Iraq reconstruction watchdog says in a report to be released today.
The report from Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Stuart Bowen analyzed the Iraqi security forces as part of a review of the Pentagon's quarterly Iraq progress reports to Congress. Relying on Iraqi government figures, the latest such update in March says about 530,000 people are on the Iraqi security forces' payroll.
However, a "substantial number" of people on the payrolls of the Iraqi police and military have been killed or wounded, are on leave or never showed up for work, the inspector general's report says.[/b]
"The details included in the reports and other available information suggests a continuing need for caution in relying on the accuracy and usefulness of the numbers," the report says.