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A Primer on Iraqi Security Forces

Teflon Don (in Iraq) at Acute Politics has an informative post about Iraqi Security Forces.  It begins:

In America, neighborhood watch means a sign with an all seeing eye bolted to a pole, and perhaps a slightly higher chance that the residents of the area will call the police over suspicious activity. In Iraq, neighborhood watch means men with AK-47s and medium machine guns manning hasty checkpoints built from cinder blocks and rubbish...

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