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U.N. to Keep Distance in Iraq Because of Safety Fears

The day after the U.N. Security Council unanimously granted the United Nations a “leading role” in building democratic institutions in Iraq, wary officials of the world body were asking one another what will happen if bombs continue to explode. A deadly terrorist attack on its headquarters drove the United Nations from Iraq last August, forcing the organization to operate largely from outside the country and shaking the confidence of U.N. staff. Now, the Security Council has set a task that some U.N. officials said they will accept more from duty than desire. “There is enormous trepidation at every conceivable level. We’re not even at the point where we have secure facilities for Iraqi staff,” said one well-connected U.N. worker who explained that the organization also faces formidable logistical challenges. “There’s a real question about how fast the U.N. can respond.” Full Story

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