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A team of camouflage-clad Iraqi soldiers lines up near the door of a one-story house north of Baghdad with rifles ready, preparing to enter and search it.These are skills the soldiers, who are some two weeks into a six-week training program at the massive Taji base complex, may soon need to employ against foes who shoot back.There are four Iraqi battalions, of roughly 400 soldiers each, being instructed in infantry skills at Taji by a combination of U.S. and Iraqi trainers.The units training at Taji have a shortage of experienced officers and non-commissioned officers, so they are being selected from the ranks during the course.The key question is whether the Iraqi army will continue the training after the course is over – something that U.S. soldiers say was not done after American forces departed in 2011 .
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