There are several problems about the officials’ remarks. First, hiring of the SOI has been on hold since the end of 2009 because of arguments over the budget and the security situation. At the end of July, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) noted that only 41,000 out of 94,000 SOI, 45% of the total, had been offered jobs. If now 80-85% of the SOI had been integrated, 75,200-79,900 fighters, than that would mean 34,200-38,900 were given jobs in just one month. That seems far above the capacity of the Iraqi government. It should also be noted that the SIGIR has undermined Baghdad’s previous claims because it found that the Iraqi authorities count offering a job to an SOI as integration, whether they take it or not. Given that track record, it's hard to believe what the National Reconciliation and Tribal Affairs chiefs said.
AK News, “Govt official says no plans to disband Awakening Council,” 8/12/10
Al-Mukhtar, Uthman, “Iraqi Sunni Militia Fighters “Neglected,”” Institute for War & Peace Reporting, 8/26/10
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, “Iraq Sunni Militia Leader Fears Exit of U.S. Troops,” 8/26/10
Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, “Quarterly Report and Semiannual Report to the United States Congress,” 7/30/10