Golden band» spearhead in the battle against «Daash»
[rtl] Translation - Anis al - Saffar * pictures from Reuters
anti - terrorist squad known as the «golden band» was referred to once lightly and given aname affects the prestige is: «dirty band». This band was accused management of secret prisons and the implementation of the killings outside the law, but that some of the parliamentary parties called for the need to solve them.
Spearhead in the battle , however , the war waged by Iraq 's now against «Daash» returned to the elected power mind as were the spearhead of all battles main almost against terrorists , militants in Iraq, and became the leaders of this band superstars shiny on the battlefield purse in Falhm songs and sing them poets populists. this comprised of 10 thousand man force represent a bright spot in the legacy of US efforts to rebuild theIraqi army during the 13 years since the invasion . US officials say the band was adopted in the ground battles partner against «Daash» at a time when all the Iraqi army suffers from a number of issues. However , the injuries sustained by the band over thetwo and a half years of fighting, along with the lack of breaks for the men who arefighting raging war , you may begin to encumber spent force Iraqis possessed in their battle with the terrorists. edit Fallujah said Col. Staff Fadel from his position near Fallujah, a few days before the restoration of the city in the past month: «we endured theburden on behalf of everyone since the beginning of this war until the present day. »Colonel Staff of the first Iraqi to graduate from the School of phones in the US army, and received different training in the United States totaled periods of two years and eight months. Colonel has seen, like other colleagues, a lot of battles all over the place, he says. When I came into «Daash» and achieved what has been achieved initially withstood crept set of anti - terrorism forces and proven offensive long months toconfront hundreds of car bombs during the siege Dari , who suffered its largest oil refinery in Iraq. in the past year the band battle restore the city of Ramadi led Vsalt east and west , while the federal police forces are struggling to make progress. Band operations topped in white and moist and disinfect the villages along the Euphrates River. The latest positions of the gold band was through Falluja , where fighters were commandos Affiliates her first broke the defense lines that survived two and a half years in the city that was the first thing that fell into the hands of «Daash since battles »of Iraq 's cities. There were cars Humvee, distinctive black rows of , launched Do not twist on something across the transplant terrorists alive every inch of them with bombs and booby - lethal and dug tunnels networks, backed by overhead strikes coalition led by theUnited States. Arming distinctive formed these units in the wake of the invasion led by the United States in 2003 , while officials aware of the importance of forces can work side by side with the United States with the growing insurgency. It has been built along the lines of American Special Operations forces and was selected elements from different ethnic and religious groups in Iraq, it includes Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds.Because the United States is that provided them with weapons and equipment and training were not characterized so much for their American counterparts. From thebeginning the gold band surrounded by stares of suspicion and distrust as they developed from the moment of its formation under the direct leadership of the prime minister 's office rather than be placed under the command of the Defense Ministry or the Ministry of Interior. Escalated accusations alleging that the then Prime Minister was using these forces to liquidate its opponents. Says Colonel Staff speaking about thereputation that Ashiat them before their battles against «Daash»: «They were allergic us because we go to our objectives to differ not exclude anything or anyone. But people have become harbor us respect today instead of fear. » Greeted with sweets and joywhen he toured the columns of this band in one of the Sunni areas on the outskirts of the city of Ramadi after its liberation at the end of last year were children, women and men received them Balzgarrid and throwing cars with candy and congregate near to take pictures together . One local Sunni officials say that these same convoys when they appear in these areas two years ago, people are closing their doors and are lying in their homes. Comment «David Witty» a retired officer in the US Special Forces was carrying the rank of colonel and works as a consultant for the forces of anti - Iraqi terrorism: «It turning stunning in just two years, this force has moved from the formation of standing on the edge of the solution and the cancellation of the units sits in the hearts of Iraqis. »Perhaps the thing that saved these units to finish to this determination is that it is kept isolated from the traditional structure of the Iraqi security forces. Gold band has been able to isolate itself to a large extent on the suspicions of corruption that arises against the military establishment and flourished elsewhere. During that time , the anti - terror units receive ongoing training intensively at the hands of a small US force to broadcast in Iraq after the withdrawal of US forces in 2011. away from political disputes leaders say the charges against the band were politically motivated, but the team «Mick Bednarek» which he headed the American team who are in charge of training Iraqi force during the period from 2013 to 2015 says that the US trainers were particularly emphasize the issue of human rights in order to protect the power of the tongues of theblame. managed the gold band to maintain its cohesion during the crisis of theoccupation «Daash» areas in Iraq in 2014 , collapsed when the Iraqi army , which theUnited States has spent on the construction of more than $ 20 billion. And when he left al - Maliki as prime minister shortly afterwards negating the allegations were claims that these soldiers are in fact private army. Says Bednarek said the force today is I really appreciate what is owned by the Iraqi government , a top professional and highest - in terms of capacity and technical. However, the gold band did not originally established to perform this role now. Colonel of Staff says: «We are used to implement an elected missions on high - value selected targets carried out by small - scale operations teams.It never never before that we carried out operations of this magnitude involving three or four battalions. » Burden of fighting land battles will affect stress - band inevitably. Even when these fighters in the midst of their battles in Fallujah , some of whom were summoned to return to the gray to restore areas on the outskirts of the city they had Omnoha months ago does not is because the guerrillas and tribal police forces have lost control again. Says Brigadier Haider al - Obeidi, a field commander of the brigade in thecurrent operations recalling the early days of the battle to liberate Fallujah: «army suffers weaknesses of, as well as the rest of the troops, and this increases the pressure on us, and we have to far to the left a lot of gaps behind us when we get to that we do not have the time to search every house and every tunnel. So there should be a force going in We have raised. » Picture of the attitudes depend Dean to give the coordinates radioed for required bombed site, and in that moment , no sound rounds and penetrate bullet leg soldier was standing next to him to write down the sites mentioned in his book.Cheer one of them: «Sniper!» and accelerates the men hiding inside a small building, and immediately stop a Humvee near the wounded soldier to carry and accelerate it away. says al - Obeidi , confirming previous observation: «as I told you we can not clear all the houses.» later received news that these were stray bullet No sniper 's bullet, but this does not change the reality of what he said nothing. that soon arrived and units of the popular crowd to Fallujah to provide assistance there after clearing the city from theterrorists, but the use of these forces in the same Sunni nature centers raises certain sensitivities. So the face of Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi crowd troops out earlier this month , leaving the units gold band with the task of constipation flattened. Despite this ,says al - Obeidi , said his forces feel that pressure had eased. It was the worst days are those early days of the battle against the gray «Daash». After the militant attack on thecity in January 2014 clashed army with them in the battle Carr provided stiff before being forced finally to pull out , this was a year ago and a half years. Before the outbreak ofthe fighting was thrown to the men in the operations for seven days followed by seven days of training and then a seven - day break . But it has changed now there became two weeks of battles followed by a break week, but the intensification of the fighting means that this rule can not always adhered to. He says Colonel of Staff that he remained in his position once for a period of 118 consecutive days during the gray battles. Although Fallujah eventually become far behind their backs does not wait for thegolden pause or rest Men band, there 's more of the battles that must be fought in Anbar and some units of the gold band had begun the implementation of new operations in areas south of Mosul. frontline troops from these units are exposed to significant injuries, Valfuj led by Colonel Staff lost 240 men in October 2013 and the number of remaining with him now is only 190 men , despite the compensation that was sent to him. Other units have also lost more men who are difficult to compensate them. Colonel says: « It isnot easy to produce large numbers of men of Special Operations.» * To Ovdaa Morris / for The Washington Post[/rtl]