Guest comment by Joshua Birk
The USG Open Source Center translates an Iranian newspaper article on the combat capabilities of Iranian military forces.
'Article Examines Combat Capabilities of Iranian Military Forces
Article by Ali Ghafuri: "A Glance at the Combat Capabilities of the Iranian Army," page 15
Iran (Internet Version-WWW)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Document Type: OSC Translated Text
British PM Gordon Brown, in Baghdad and Basra for consultations with PM Nuri al-Maliki, with British commanders, and with his US allies, announced that he would withdraw another 1,000 British troops from Basra by Christmas. A majority of the British public wants all the troops out now, but the US is putting enormous pressure on Brown to go slow.
'There will be 100-130K troops in Iraq when Bush leaves. The number will depend largely on who wins the factional infighting between the White House and MNF-I (Petraeus) on the one hand, and CENTCOM, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary Gates on the other hand. The former want the higher number; the latter are concerned about strains on the ground forces and will push for the lower number.