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From One to Zero

“The only Iraqi battalion capable of fighting without U.S. support has been downgraded to a level requiring them to fight with American troops backing them up, the Pentagon said Friday. The battalion, made up of 700 to 800 Iraqi Army soldiers, has repeatedly been offered by the U.S. as an example of the growing independence of the Iraqi military. … The battalion, according to the Pentagon, was downgraded from ‘level one’ to ‘level two’ after a recent quarterly assessment of its capabilities. ‘Level one’ means the battalion is able to fight on its own; ‘level two’ means it requires support from U.S. troops…”

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