Partnership between the US and Iraqi Air Forces: One Airman's Perspective
AIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND VANCE AFB OK OPERATIONS GROUP (71ST)
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The US military has engaged in combat and training operations in Iraq for more than two decades. Most recently, our participation focused on building Iraqs capacity as a capable and credible military force in other words, we formed a partnership. However, as of New Years Day 2012, the US military will have assumed a very different posture in Iraq. In accordance with the security agreement signed by President George W. Bush and Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki in 2008, virtually all US military members should have left Iraqi soil, as the United States makes good on its pledge to depart by 31 December 2011. Thus, as the fledgling Iraqi democracy continues to grow, so does the Al Quwwa al Jawwiya al Iraqiya Iraqi air force IqAF, though now without direct assistance from the US Air Force USAF. This article discusses some of the USAFs recent partnerships with the IqAF, addresses some challenges that the latter now faces, and speculates about the relationship between our air forces in the future.
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