Since that rout, Iraqi forces have begun reorganizing under new leadership. The US official noted that the top two Iraqi army commanders had been replaced and said that the United States was now “comfortable with the upper reaches of the Iraqi military,” which included “people we worked very closely with” when the United States occupied Iraq from 2003 to 2011.
Of the 50,000 ordinary Iraqi soldiers who melted away after the Mosul debacle, about 10,000 have returned to their training sites, he added. Volunteers who answered the call of Iraq’s senior Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, are being “organized in a more concerted fashion” than the rag-tag ranks in which they initially formed, the US official said.
He also noted the role of Iraqi special forces known as the Golden Force in retaking Mosul dam.