So CBS and ABC both scrutinized the feasibility of the proposal to train an Iraqi Army. In Baghdad, ABC's Dan Harris (subscription required) surveyed soldiers in a USArmy Stryker Brigade and found "stark pessimism" that anything could prevent a "fight to the finish" in a Sunni-Shiite civil war. They told him it was "unrealistic to hand over security to Iraqi forces loyal, not to the nation, but to their religious group." But the army is going ahead with its training program anyway, CBS' Byron Pitts told us from Fort Riley, where would-be trainers undergo a 60-day course in "linguistics, culture, counterinsurgency." The plan is that every Iraqi military unit of 500 will end up with eleven Fort Riley graduates as embedded comrades.
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