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Iraq, Inherent Resolve creates JOCAT and OCATs against Isis

Inherent Resolve in Iraq creates the Joint Operational Command Advisor Team (JOCAT). It is a team of 58 international military advisers from ten countries who will coordinate anti-Isis targeted training within the Military Assistance Group (MAG)

Inherent Resolve plays the “weapon” of the JOCAT (Joint Operational Command Advisor Team) against Isis in Iraq. It is a team of 58 international military advisors, coming from ten nations of the Coalition (including Italy), which will be dislocated in all staff commands – from the regional to the national staffs – to provide advising to local forces against IS in various military sectors. From intelligence to air operations, to support, through fire coordination and planning. Its constitution is one of the pillars of the Coalition’s new strategy in the Middle Eastern country, which focuses on less personnel (hence the reduction of military personnel and the transfer of several bases) but more specialized training (basic one has been transferred to the mission BORN). To achieve these objectives, the Military Assistance Group (MAG) was born, on which the new structure depends, which aims to deepen – both centrally and locally – tactical and strategic aspects essential for the long-term success of the anti-Daesh campaign.

OCAT Operational Command Advisor Teams are also born to fight IS in each region). For the first time, they will be set up expressly based on the specific characteristics of the areas where they will operate

MAG is made up of advisors from 13 Coalition countries who work with local authorities in one area of ​​Baghdad. Leading them is Marine General Ryan Rideout. The JOCAT, on the other hand, is commanded by the French colonel Laurent. The Joint Command, once it has reached its full operational capacity (FOC), will be composed of 26 elements, to which at least ten will be added for each OCAT (Operational Command Advisor Team), the structures at the regional level. It is interesting that, at least according to Inherent Resolve’s plans, the latter will be at least three and each different from the other. They will be formed and operated according to the specificities of geography, religions and ethnic groups in Iraq, so that they can best integrate with both local forces and the population. International sources underline that this is a totally new experimental approach in the multinational environment. Up to now, in fact, we have always considered in the “Country” context, adapting some specific elements linked to the peculiarities of the individual areas at the peripheral level. Today, however, it is the entire infrastructure that is created based on them.

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