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Spain and Poland push for Nato to take on Iraqi peace-keeping role

Nato is likely get an important new role in Iraq next year, it emerged yesterday, as Spain and Poland proposed that the transatlantic alliance assumed some peace-keeping responsibilities in the country. The two nations, both of which have deployed troops to south central Iraq, raised the issue of greater alliance involvement during a meeting of Nato defence ministers in Brussels yesterday. Although there was no formal proposal, Donald Rumsfeld, the United States Defence Secretary underlined America’s enthusiasm for the idea, arguing that “the US is open to an expanded Nato role” both in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Nato officials say privately that the US is pressing hard for the alliance to take a leading role in Iraq, but is wary of making the case too publicly for fear of reawakening the bitter row over its decision to go to war. Full Story

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