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Post-Transition Control of Iraqi Security Unclear

Who controls Iraqi security forces after the June 30 transition from U.S. occupation is an “open question” and could provoke heated debate in advance of the handover, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Wednesday. Solana, in Washington for talks with top U.S. officials, said it will be up to a new Iraqi transition government — once named by U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi — to make recommendations on security and other key issues as part of a new U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing post-transition arrangements. Pentagon officials on Tuesday told Congress that Iraqi army and civil defense corps will operate under the U.S. military command, when the interim Iraqi government takes over responsibility for the state’s day-to-day affairs on July 1. Full Story

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