Iraqi Army soldiers fighting to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq are better trained and prepared - thanks to a push from Fort Bragg paratroopers.
"I think the Iraqis can do this," said Col. Curtis A. Buzzard, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, which recently returned from its mission to train soldiers in Iraq.
"There's a renewed confidence," he said. "The Iraqi Army is better than Daesh. They can do this. It's a capable Army, it just needs some coaching."
Buzzard reflected on the accomplishments of his paratroopers during their nine-month mission in support of the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve. About 1,300 paratroopers from six battalions assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were tasked with training the Iraqi Army to take down the Islamic State of Iraq, known as ISIL.
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