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Hefty Vacations Limit Iraqi Soldiers' Training Time

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Hefty Vacations Limit Iraqi Soldiers' Training Time

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Hefty Vacations Limit Iraqi Soldiers' Training Time

Hefty Vacations Limit Iraqi Soldiers' Training Time

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If there's one word American soldiers are familiar with when it comes to their Iraqi counterparts, it's "ijaza" — which means vacation.

Iraqi soldiers get one week off for every two they work, while Americans get two weeks off a year.

A U.S. general admits that it's difficult to persuade Iraqi officers to postpone Iraqi army vacation so their troops can take part in U.S. military operations.