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Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle, July 2011

July 6, 2011

Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle, July 2011.

An Order of Battle (OOB) is not the most interesting thing in the world to read, but I figure since we are building and paying for Iraq’s, some of you might be interested to know what we are getting for our money.

There are a few comments  I would specifically like to make:

“Iraqi army soldiers selected from four brigades of 5th IA Division conducted operator training on the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier vehicle with assistance from U.S. soldiers from 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Kirkush Military Training Base, Iraq, April 27. During the M113 training cycle, focused on training the IA on becoming master drivers and vehicle maintenance specialists, students learned basic operating procedures and vehicle maneuvering skills, as well as troubleshooting vehicle malfunctions.”

The tanks to go with the M113s have not been identified but, they are probably T-72s from the 9th Division, where they are being replaced with American M1A1s.

M113, who gives a crap, I am worried about the M1A1s.  We should not be giving a future enemy (as in, as soon as we leave) the best tank in the world with which to fight us, even though those morons won’t use it half as good as we do.  Let them use the antiquated T-72s.  The Middle-east loves them some Russian equipment, or hell, since they are making so many deals with China, let them use the Chinese equivalent (Type 99).


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 6, 2011 12:38 pm

    This is like when we sold the Shah of Iran some F-14s back in the day. We didn’t sell them the whole weapons package (no Phoenix missiles, I believe), and even if we would have, we didn’t train them like an American fighter pilot is trained. There’s only so much input a 3rd world mentality can take.

    • July 6, 2011 4:56 pm

      Still, I would rather send them to Taiwan or somewhere that won’t become an enemy in the next few years. For sure, to properly use an M1 requires much more training than any of these camel-humpers are ever gonna get, so its not so much a threat as it is just bad thinking.

  2. JustFacts permalink
    July 6, 2011 5:04 pm

    Of course, we could infect the electronics with a virus that could be activated remotely at some point in the future. Get their money, and give a potential pile of useless metal. Sounds like a plan to me, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe that we would do it.

    • July 6, 2011 5:15 pm

      That is a good plan, but it would severely hamper our military sales to our ‘true” allies in the future. No amount of assurance could assuage the suspicion that all our sales were so modified.

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