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But there wasn’t enough time to develop the full package - logistics, intelligence, medical services and a fully integrated command structure - for the Iraqis to operate effectively without U.S. support.

A budget crisis in 2009 and a lengthy political stalemate the following year “crippled both the qualitative development of Iraq’s forces and its ability to implement its own development plan,” wrote analyst Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.