May 13th, 2007 06:33 EST
Intelligence School in Iraq?
BAGHDAD " Soldiers at the Iraqi Military Intelligence School completed a field training exercise, which showcased new real-life scenarios, in Taji, Iraq, Wednesday.
As Iraq begins to take advantage of the opportunity provided by Iraqi and Coalition forces to establish their democracy, Coalition forces are moving into a support role while Iraqi military gains experience in securing their country.
Our Iraqi partners must take responsibility for their own security, governance and economics, " said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman.
The Iraqi military not only pushes for experience in combat, they also push for experience in gaining information and intelligence to capture terrorists, who want the Iraqi democracy to be unsuccessful.
There is a stronger push toward more theoretical training in this academy, " said Ali, Military Intelligence School cadre, who requested his real name not be used. The previous FTX was not reflecting the real situations in my country. "
Some of the new scenarios involved situations where neighborhood locals were suspiciously getting sick from the drinking water or locating a terrorist cell where vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices are being produced.
I think it was a good test for everybody, " he said. Everybody has a role. "
The situations were specifically designed to allow each student a chance to practice their skills in a realistic environment while the rest of the students were given an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge.
Using props and their surroundings for concealment, reconnaissance and surveillance Soldiers blended into the scene, staked out locations, reported detailed information with photographs and videos of suspects.
Low-level voice intercept Soldiers scanned and analyzed airwaves, honing in on cell phones, radio or other transmissions to gather information, which could prove useful in their search.
Representatives from all intelligence functions collected and evaluated these pieces of information in the control center, while leaders orchestrated the missions, which led to the capture of all identified suspects.
Both the Iraqi cadre and Coalition advisors commended the students` performance during the exercise, noting they performed above expectations.
I think this training will prove very useful for the students, " said Ali. The skills they are learning here are what we want to see used every day. "
Since the beginning of Fardh Al-Qanoon, the Iraqi Army, along with Coalition forces, have lived amongst the Iraqi citizens to gain their confidence and experience their everyday lives.
You have to be in and amongst the people to both get their confidence and protect them, " said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox, an MNF-I spokesman.
As the Iraqi people gain confidence in the Iraqi Army`s ability to expose terrorists, Iraqi intelligence training is expected to help prevent attacks against the population as opposed to reacting to them.
(Story by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christie Putz, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq Public Affairs