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Britain's Blair Limits NATO Role in Iraq to Training

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Monday he expected any further NATO role in Iraq to be limited to training security forces, rejecting talk of a split between the United States and Europe over NATO involvement. “I don’t believe we will see further troops come through NATO,” Blair told parliament. “But I hope, and if the new Iraq government wishes it, we will see assistance with training provided for the Iraqi security forces.” President Bush and French President Jacques Chirac clashed over NATO’s role in Iraq at a summit of the Group of Eight industrialized nations on Sea Island in Georgia last week. Bush said he wanted NATO to be more involved in Iraq and suggested some NATO countries could send more troops. Chirac, a fervent opponent of the U.S.-led war, replied that it was not NATO’s “mission” to intervene in Iraq. Full Story

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