posted on Aug, 12 2005 @ 12:18 PM
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2005 – More than 110 Iraqi battalions are involved in the fight against terrorists, officials in Baghdad said this week.
The contributions of the units vary, but all are participating in operations.
The Iraqi ministries of Defense and Interior have developed readiness assessment criteria for units. Much like the readiness assessments for the U.S.
Army, the criteria measure capabilities in six different areas: personnel, command and control, training and mission-essential tasks, sustainment,
equipment, and leadership.
Different readiness levels indicate different capabilities. Level 1 is the highest rating, where units are fully independent in all aspects. This
includes being able to plan and conduct operations without coalition support. It also means the units sustain themselves through their own systems,
handle all maintenance and have every piece of equipment needed to perform any mission.
Level 2 means units that are "in the lead" in the counterinsurgency effort. The units plan and execute their own operations, but they do require
coalition support. This support is typically logistics, close-air support, indirect fire, medical evacuation and so on.
Level 3 indicates units fighting alongside coalition units. An Iraqi company will be embedded with a coalition battalion. The company gets support
from the coalition and operates with the battalion.
Level 4 indicates units just forming.
Just a note, not that many units are level I status. Either way its still good, it shows progress. I also think these units help with rebuilding
Iraq. Good news!