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All troops, new or existing, are vetted before they are admitted to U.S.-sponsored training courses at JIPTC. The State Department has said:
New recruits and newly-formed battalions generally undergo basic training at PA facilities in or around Jericho, then travel to JIPTC for 19 weeks of U.S.-sponsored training.
Specialized courses also are offered at JIPTC and in the West Bank, usually immediately before or after basic training.
All senior leaders participating in the courses undergo vetting for human rights, terrorist links and criminal records in the same manner as the PA forces undergoing training at JIPTC (see "Trainee Recruitment and Vetting" above), except that the Jordanians do not participate in this particular vetting process.
The PA's campaign to establish law and order in areas under its control began most visibly in Nablus in November 2007, (91) but the first major test case for the U.S.-sponsored PA forces was the PG 3rd Battalion's role in the Jenin operation from May-June 2008, code named "Operation Hope and Smile." Partly by virtue of its JIPTC training, the PG 3rd--a battalion of approximately 400 men normally headquartered in Ramallah--was designated as the specialized counterterrorism unit within the PG and as a strategic reserve for all other PA forces.
Just having finished their U.S.-sponsored training at JIPTC, troops from the NSF 3rd Special Battalion were deployed throughout the West Bank during the conflict to help other PA forces (approximately 1,600 total security personnel) handle public order as Palestinians began to demonstrate in protest of the Israeli military action in Gaza.
To the extent that successes have been spearheaded by existing troops and battalions as opposed to new recruits, skeptics could argue that the PG 3rd that assisted in the Jenin operation was a capable battalion to begin with and that the NSF 2nd was successful in the late-2007 Nablus surge operation before its JIPTC training.
Partly in response to a particularly troubling incident of alleged prisoner abuse in Hebron in June 2009 (reportedly by officials from a PA intelligence organization that does not receive U.S.sponsored JIPTC training) that resulted in the death of a man with suspected ties to Hamas, (121) the PA has publicly insisted that it is taking steps to prevent future incidents.
Training at JIPTC focuses more on establishing law and order than on counterterrorism techniques.
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