Iraq has the most capable counterinsurgency force in the Middle East and Central Asia, but its military still has a long way to go to defend the Iraqi people, a spokesman for U.S. Forces Iraq said.
Iraq has a very capable army and growing air force and navy capabilities, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan said in an interview with the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.
In 2003, there were no Iraqi security forces.
"The size has increased from zero to 650,000 now," Buchanan said. "They are equipped with very modern equipment, and they are training themselves."