Iraqi Military Facing "Psychological Collapse" after Losses, Desertions

(Washington Post) Loveday Morris and Karen DeYoung - The Iraqi army is lacking in equipment, shaken by tens of thousands of desertions, and reeling from what one U.S. official described as "psychological collapse." The crisis in the armed forces is a result of corruption, poor leadership and intelligence, and severe inattention to training, said a former U.S. adviser to the Iraqi armed forces. Those problems have turned what was a functioning military when U.S. troops withdrew in 2011 into an "empty shell that is resorting to a call to arms of men and boys off the street," he said.

2014-06-24 00:00:00

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