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The Phantom Iraqi Army

By Donald A. Moskowitz


June 08 2015
Monday PM

Letter to the Editor:

The Iraqi Army has a history of moving to the rear and exposing their back sides to attacking forces.

The Iraqi Army melted like butter when we attacked them in 2003. They faded away when ISIL attacked them, and then lost Mosul and most of northwestern Iraq along with large quantities of U.S. equipment. Recently they turned tail and abandoned U.S. military equipment when they ran from Ramadi.

The Iraqi Army cannot be relied upon to fight ISIL or any other insurgent groups, and we should not supply them with weapons we could possibly face in the future.

Our attack aircraft are currently destroying former U.S. military vehicles captured by ISIL from the Iraqi Army, and this will continue into the future.

The latest news is the Administration is sending 2,000 anti-tank rockets to combat ISIL vehicles. We should not supply these rockets to the Iraqi Army, because they will probably fall into the hands of ISIL and other terrorist organizations, and if we ever have to go back into Iraq, our military could encounter these weapons.

We should reduce sending military equipment to the Iraqi Army and increase arms shipments to the Kurds and Druze.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

Received June 05, 2015 - Published June 08, 2015

About: "Donald A. Moskowitz holds a B.S. in Science from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Babson College. He served over six years in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted man, then an officer. He has close to 40 years experience working for a number of corporations in various executive positions, including Division Manager and President of companies. Currently he is retired and actively involved in a number of civic organizations."



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