US military to open counterinsurgency school in Iraq

November 3rd, 2005  
Team Infidel

Topic: US military to open counterinsurgency school in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Responding to increased attacks in Iraq,
the US military will soon open a counterinsurgency school in that country
for officers, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
The new facility, which will open in the next few days at the Taji base
north of Baghdad, will train US battalion and company commanders
immediately after they arrive in Iraq, according to the report.
It will operate like a clearinghouse where veteran commanders pass on
the latest tactics and situations in the country.
Among the lessons will be patrol methods, techniques to find and destroy
roadside bombs, and education on the various insurgent factions.
In the long term, it is hoped that the format can be passed on to the
new Iraqi Army and security forces.
At present, US soldiers and officers receive their counterinsurgency
instructions in the United States before shipping out to Iraq.
However, some US senior commanders have expressed concern that the
instruction has been uneven and lags behind the fast-changing tactics which
insurgents use in Iraq.
The new school, which will give intensive one-week course, reflects the
efforts of the US military to try to focus officers immediately on the task
on hand.
The school opens at a time when US forces make no significant progress
against the insurgents despite recent offensives by US troops and despite
months of scrambling to train more Iraqi troops.
At least 92 US soldiers were killed in October, the highest monthly toll
since January.