Posted on October 6, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Security
Iraqi army. Photo: Iraqi Army/govt
WASHINGTON,— A coalition officials say up to 45-thousand troops will be needed to remain in the Mosul city to maintain security after its recapture from Islamic State.
Following the inevitable liberation of Islamic State-held Mosul, it will take an estimated 30,000 to 45,000 hold forces for such a large city, employing local police who will serve as the face of security for Iraq, a Canadian Armed Forces Brigadier General D.J. Anderson said, U.S. Department of Statereported.
Ger. Anderson said “30,000 to 45,000. And that’s based off of some historical analysis of what the ratio is between security forces and a population in order to provide security in what we call wide area security.
“We have stepped up our emphasis on police training and recruiting tribal forces, adding 5,000 local police and over 20,000 tribal fighters. These men will be the key to holding gains and protecting the newly liberated Iraqi citizens, and soon, over a million more to be freed from Daesh oppression in Mosul.” Ger. Anderson said.
“Our training shifted away from a counterinsurgency approach towards a more combined arms maneuver approach, by teaching the Iraqis how to integrate infantry, armor, artillery, engineers, aviation and other combat multipliers to achieve an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield.
In addition to the five training sites, located at al-Asad, Taqaddum, Taji, Besmaya and Baghdad, partner force development has grown significantly to manage the Iraq Train-and-Equip Fund, or ITEF. These funds are available to provide assistance to Iraqi military and other security forces, to include training, equipment, logistics support, supplies, and ammunition.
ITEF equipment is ordered based on documented requirements and is distributed according to operational priorities. This provides the commander with sustainment flexibility and has enabled U.S. and Coalition forces to offer basic proficiency in combat training to more than approximately 45,000 Iraqi forces to date.
Since its inception in 2015, the fund has expended close to $1.6 billion to train and equip over 54,000 members of the Iraqi security forces, including over 26,000 Iraqi army soldiers, 8,500 counterterrorism service soldiers, 12,000 Peshmerga, and over 5,800 federal police and border security soldiers.” Ger. Anderson added.