US starts to train Iraqi forces

Published August 15th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

The U.S. Army started to train an Iraqi militia force on Friday to take on civil defense duties.  


According to the AP, some 50 young men commenced three weeks of intensive training at one of Saddam Hussein's main palaces in the northern town of Tikrit.  


Lt. Col. Steve Russell said similar training programs were expected to be launched in other cities across Iraq shortly. "Our goal is that you will take our place and take over the security of your own people," Russell told recruits and tribal leaders.  


"We are training you to be the leaders of a larger force that we will be creating in the coming months," he added. ( 

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