Iraqi military facing ‘psychological collapse’ after losses, desertions

By Loveday Morris, Karen DeYoung, June 23, 2014

BAGHDAD — The 300 U.S. advisers authorized to assist the Iraqi security forces will find an army in crisis mode, so lacking in equipment and shaken by desertions that it may not be able to win back significant chunks of territory from al-Qaeda renegades for months or even years, analysts and officials say.

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