A New Push for Iraqi Security

U.S. Hopes to Improve Iraqi Police Forces; Timetable Unclear

Members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps train at a shooting range.

Members of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, wearing masks to protect their identities, train at a shooting range outside of Mosul. Charlie Mayer, NPR hide caption

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During recent fighting, thousands of U.S.-trained Iraqi police, civil defense members and others walked off the job, refused orders or deserted. Now, once again, U.S. officials are hoping to improve vetting, training and leadership for Iraqi security forces. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.

It's uncertain when Iraqi forces will be ready to assume the lead in their own security. U.S. officials concede that both training and the crucial element of integrating new troops with allied forces were inconsistent at best across Iraq.

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