The structure beneath the skin
DJ Elliot continues to follow the expansion of the Iraqi Army at the Long War Journal. The latest information suggests it is being expanded to 16 divisions. Unspectacular developments like this tend to be underreported, but they are very important in the long run. The expansion is one thing, but so are the reductions.
The purge of the MoI continues with the forced retirements of 40 Lieutenant Colonels and above with 30 Brigadier Generals fired or forced to retire for corruption or involvement with militias. Thousands of enlisted have been arrested or fired. ...
There is an ongoing redeployment initiative of INP shifting them from current deployment locations in Baghdad, Samarrah and Basrah to other areas. Over time, as the INP is no longer needed in Baghdad, it will be "regionalized" and re-based.
Not only are the Iraqi security forces being expanded, they are also being reshaped.