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Israel expressed concerns to US over security failures in Iraq

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Israel expressed concerns to US over security failures in Iraq

    By MICHAEL WILNERHERB KEINON, jpost.com,
LAST UPDATED: 06/24/2014

Netanyahu gov’t fears implications of US inability to train Arab forces; says failures in Iraq evidence against proposed US security plan for the Jordan Valley.

“Israel’s national security leadership watched as Iraqi security forces, trained over the course of five years by the US military, “literally left their shirts on the ground and fled” when faced with a fight…

…Bearing witness to the crisis from the sidelines, Israel “observed the effects of US-trained Arab forces in Iraq and, from that, has learned lessons on proposals for the Jordan Valley,”….

…The message: If Sunni security guards would not fight ISIS soldiers in Iraq in service to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shi’ite government, then a US-trained Arab force in the Jordan Valley will not fight fellow Arabs to protect the Jewish state…
…According to a report from the US special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, Washington has spent over $25 billion training and equipping Iraq’s army. That army nevertheless reached near-collapse this month when faced with a ”vicious and determined group” known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, one official described.

A similar dynamic unfolded in Gaza in 2007, when the Palestinian Authority’s security forces – which numbered some 12,000 men – melted away in the face of some 3,000 Hamas fighters, equipped with more “energy and motivation,” he added….”

 

 

 

Netanyahu gov’t fears implications of US inability to train Arab forces; says failures in Iraq evidence against proposed US security plan for the Jordan Valley.

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