Day 6

The challenges of training foreign troops

Newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's ending Canada's participation in air strikes against ISIS and focusing on other strategies, like training local troops in Iraq. But how productive is that move considering many call the foreign trained Iraqi Army a failure?
Commander of the Peshmerga forces Mansour Barzani (R) is seen during the battle with Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Mosul January 21, 2015. (REUTERS)

Newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he'll end Canada's participation in air strikes against ISIS. He wants to focus on other strategies, like training local troops in Iraq. But how productive is that move considering many believe the foreign-trained Iraqi Army a failure, including Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He says one of the key challenges in training troops in Iraq is the lack of motivation by local soldiers. Why should troops fight for a government and leadership they don't trust or believe in?

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