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Iraq Paramilitary Force Is Weighed

Talks are underway on a Governing Council plan to create a unit to hunt down insurgents. As the American-led occupation authority in Iraq struggles to quell an insurgency marked by ever-bolder attacks, U.S. officials are confronting a difficult question: How much power should Iraqi forces be given to help put down the guerrillas? Intensive discussions are underway between Iraqis and U.S. officials about a new security plan drafted by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council that would create an all-Iraqi paramilitary force to hunt down the guerrillas — plus gather intelligence on domestic affairs. The plan envisions drawing officers from militias associated with Iraqi political parties and their intelligence units, giving them sweeping authority to arrest and interrogate suspects and gather intelligence. There is a possibility that they would make use of former officials of Saddam Hussein’s secret police. Full Story

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