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U.S. to Send Iraqis to Site in Hungary for Police Course

Eager to have more Iraqis take responsibility for their country’s security, American officials here are planning to ferry as many as 28,000 Iraqis to Eastern Europe for an intensive police training course. Bernard B. Kerik, a former New York City Police commissioner in charge of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, said in an interview that American officials had secured permission from the government of Hungary to set up a large police academy inside an old Soviet military base there. Mr. Kerik said the extraordinary measures were necessary because the existing police academies in Iraq were not large enough to train that many officers in the next several months. His plan is part of a larger effort by senior American officials here to press the Iraqis to take a greater share in running the country. The Bush administration is also under growing political pressure at home to lighten the load on the American forces here. Full Story

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