Whose Boots on the Ground? US Recruits Iraq Security 'Advisers'

Exclusive: US Recruits Iraq Security 'Advisers'
The US Army's Contracting Command has issued a tender notice for companies capable of deploying security assistance mentors and advisers in Iraq.
These individuals would be required for a 12-month contract, potentially extendable to a total of 36 months.
They are needed as consultants to the US "Office of Security Assistance in Iraq" and must be "cognisant of the goals of ... reducing tensions between Arabs and Kurds, and Sunnis and Shias".

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From last year but equally true today. And tomorrow. Apologies for the over-dramatic music etc. The message remains valid.

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August is the tercentenary of Queen Anne’s death, so it is a good time to remember her most significant political accomplishment: the Act of Union of 1707. The pending September referendum on Scottish independence may well overturn this Union. As the religious, tribal, and economic passions awakened by the impending vote are not unlike those surrounding the original Union, it may be useful now to remember Anne’s motives and strategies in seeking to unite her kingdoms. - See more at: http://hnn.us/article/156479#sthash.dlVSVPw0.dpuf

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