Germans doing 'good job' training Iraqi forces

26th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2005, WASHINGTON - The German military is doing a "pretty good job" training Iraqi security forces although the United States would prefer the task to be carried out in Iraq, the top U.S. general said Monday.

26 July 2005

WASHINGTON - The German military is doing a "pretty good job" training Iraqi security forces although the United States would prefer the task to be carried out in Iraq, the top U.S. general said Monday.

"It would be better if they were training them in Iraq," General Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

Germany, which steadfastly opposed the invasion of Iraq, agreed after Saddam Hussein's regime was toppled to help train Iraqi forces, but only in the United Arab Emirates.

Myers, who is due to retire September 30, met with the military leadership in Germany, Slovenia and Ireland from July 18 to July 20.

Myers also praised Germany for its military help in Afghanistan and plan to expand its peacekeeping operation there.

After the Kosovo conflict in 1999, the United States grew increasingly concerned that key NATO partners like Germany had not developed the military capability to effectively operate with the high-tech oriented Americans.

Myers said he was satisfied the German military was committed to improving, but added that it was also an internal political decision.

U.S. President George W. Bush has named the vice chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, to replace Myers.

DPA

Subject: German news

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