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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Robert Caslen
The Obama administration is preparing to begin talks with Iraq on defining a long-term defense relationship that may include expanded U.S. training help, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's chief policy aide.
The Obama administration is preparing to begin talks with Iraq on defining a long-term defense relationship that may include expanded U.S. training help, according to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta's chief policy aide.
After billions of dollars and nearly nine years of training, U.S. troops are leaving behind an Iraqi security force arguably capable of providing internal security but unprepared to defend the nation against foreign threats at a time of rising tensions throughout the Middle East.
"They can kick a door in and knock out a network's leadership as good as anybody I've seen," said Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, commander of the NATO training mission, which soon will be disbanded. "I would say that they have the discipline and the tenacity to fight as well as anybody I've ever seen."