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U.N. sending security team to Baghdad Four staffers will assess return

The United Nations, which pulled out of Iraq after its headquarters was bombed in August, plans to send four staff members back to Baghdad later this month to assess security in possible preparation for resuming an advisory role there, diplomats said Tuesday. Kieran Prendergast, U.N. undersecretary-general for political affairs, met with U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte and other U.S. officials Tuesday to discuss how U.S. forces could help the U.N. team travel to the Iraqi capital. A renewed U.N. role in Iraq and the greater international legitimacy it would bring could help ease a planned U.S. transition to Iraqi rule by this summer. Iraqis have raised numerous objections to what they say is a cumbersome plan to choose an interim government. Full Story

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