"A US government watchdog agency says Pentagon data on Iraqi security forces was "unreliable" and also showed there was an escalating insurgency.
... The Pentagon had told Congress on Monday that there are 142,472 trained and equipped Iraqi security forces.
"Data on the status of Iraqi security forces is unreliable and provides limited information on their capabilities," Joseph Christoff, of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), told a House of Representatives Government Reform sub-committee.
Mr Christoff also said Pentagon intelligence data showed an escalating insurgency, as "each monthly peak in the number of violent incidents is followed by a higher average number of attacks in subsequent months".
Rear Admiral William Sullivan, who provided the Pentagon figures to the committee, acknowledged they included some Iraqi police who may have left their post or were absent without leave.
... "This is like fantasy land. This is as fictive as the weapons of mass destruction," Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat Congressman, told Rear Admiral Sullivan of the Pentagon's figures.
"I'm embarrassed for you that you would come to a congressional committee with this kind of a phony report."Pentagon data on Iraq forces 'unreliable'
March 15, 2005
"The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Wednesday that a spokesman for the US occupation forces in Saddam International Airport announced that, to boost the sagging morale of the American occupation troops, hundreds of Christian clergymen and Jewish rabbis have been flown into Iraq to hold services with the troops.
An officer at the airport, who declined to reveal his name, told Mafkarat al-Islam that in February and now in March there has been a flood of more than 400 Christian clergymen and Jewish rabbis brought into Iraq via Saddam International Airport, where the US operated one of its main bases in the country. The clergymen are to give sermons and hold religious services for the US troops occupying the country.
The source said that all the clergymen have been brought in on US planes under heavy American protection. Approximately 150 of the clergymen went straight to al-Anbar Province and then to Mosul, Ba‘qubah, and Samarra’. Another group of them remained in Baghdad for 10 days where they held services for 330 American mercenaries who had been buried in Iraq or thrown into the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
(my italics)Hundreds Of Clergymen Summoned For Poor Troop Morale
March 10, 2005I have commented earlier on the so called 'Iraqi' security forces:الحرس الوطني العراقي- الامريكي
....... (in Arabic)and Hoping and Hopping
February 13, 2005I have also previosuly (
on January 8, 2005) mentioned the news on dead 'American soldiers' (Green Card holders, not yet American) who have been dumped unceremoniuosly in the Euphrates or buried, along with other mercenaries, in mass graves:On fish, dogs, C-130 and donkeysDitto (
on January 11, 2005) relating to the above grotesquely 'diplomatic' concern of 'the Vatican' for American dead while failing to protect the Iraqi Christians by exposing and condemning the 'American Missionaries'.I do not see a Holy See