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DoD IG: Plan Needed to Facilitate Equipment Release to Support Iraqi Counterterrorism Service Training

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The Defense Department‘s inspector general has called on the chief of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Iraq to assist and offer advice to the Iraqi Counterterrorism Service commander to create a plan that would authorize the release of supplies and equipment in support of CTS training.

DoD IG said in a report published Wednesday it made the recommendation after it evaluated the efforts of U.S. and coalition forces to equip and train the Iraqi CTS and special operations forces against the Islamic State militant organization.

The IG also found that U.S. forces complied with the title 10 of the U.S. Code and the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015 through the use of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund acquisition process to provide arms to CTS in support of their warfighting operations.

The commander of the Special Operations Training Command-Iraq should work with the leaders of the CTS training command to develop and integrate training evaluation standards and criteria for all tasks under the academia’s training courses, according to the report.

The IG also recommended that the chief of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve should develop a resource plan on how to provide ammunition, weapons and range facilities in support of CTS trainees’ live-fire training operations on SPG‑9, M-72 and AT-4 weapon systems.

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