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At last locals are given the task of curbing the growing rebellion

American officials have agreed “in principle” to give Iraqis responsibility for a new security force that would tackle the growing insurgency, the head of Iraq’s governing council said yesterday. The concession by the US authorities comes at a time when deadly attacks are becoming more frequent. For weeks, the governing council has been pressing American officials to hand responsibility for security to Iraqis. Iraqi leaders argue that a properly trained and equipped Iraqi force, under Iraqi command and with its own intelligence, would be more effective than US soldiers in challenging the violent resistance. Although the American military has overwhelming firepower, it is hampered by a lack of Arabic speakers. Full Story

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