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US plans radical shake-up as more Iraqis back rebels

A political shake-up in Iraq seemed imminent last night as Paul Bremer, the top US civilian administrator, headed back to Baghdad. He was returning after an abrupt recall to Washington for emergency talks with President George Bush and his top advisers. As he left the White House, Mr Bremer refused to give any details of changes before he had informed the US-appointed Iraqi Governing Council ­ which is struggling to meet a United Nations-imposed deadline of 15 December to come up with a timetable for a new Iraqi constitution. Speculation is growing that the US may set up a provisional government, backed by an interim constitution, in its efforts to speed up “Iraqification” and hand over power to Iraqis themselves. As he spoke, details emerged of a new CIA analysis, making a very bleak assessment of prospects in Iraq. The report is said to warn that speedy action is essential to prevent the collapse of efforts to create a democracy, and to get the deteriorating security situation under control. Full Story

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