As the US completes its combat troop drawdown from Iraq, domestic security forces are being put to the test. Many are now questioning the ability of the Iraqi security forces to face mounting violence.
A suicide attack against army recruits on Tuesday, in which 63 pople were killed, raised concerns about the Iraqi security forces' ability to take care of its own, let alone ordinary Iraqis.
This comes amid a political impasse over the formation of a new government after the March elections. So, are Iraqi security forces up to the job? What is their security strategy, if there is one at all? Inside Story, with presenter Sami Zeidan, discusses with Larry Korb, the former assistant secretary of defence and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, Mustafa el-Hiti, a former Iraqi MP, and Louay Bahry, a scholar at the Middle East Institute.
This episode of Inside Story aired from Monday, August 30, 2010.