Interior Ministry Troops
Interior Ministry Troops in Baghdad. They mostly drive around with
machine guns on their pick ups and terrorize people. If this were a
public blog I would be violating orders to say that (i.e., to say
anything negative of denigrating concerning our Iraqi allies).
"Shock troops" is pretty sarcastic, although the Interior Ministry does
have "elite" commando brigades. I think "elite" means that they actually fire back in combat. There are also national and local police forces, Sunni, Shiite, Kurdish, and even neighborhood militias, Private contractors, mercenaries, Facilities Protection troops (over 90,000!), Customs & Boarder Patrol guys... You name it, it's out here. Not to mention all the collalition allies we have (Britain, Australia, Korea, Estonia, Latvia, Poland...).