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NATO Struggles for Iraq Deal as U.S., France Spar

Wrangling NATO allies narrowed differences over a plan to train Iraqi forces Thursday but, still dogged by their split over last year’s war, Paris and Washington remained at odds over who should command the mission. “The positions are so entrenched it’s very hard to see how we can get a series of miniconcessions from both sides to meet in the middle,” said one diplomat after the 26 allied nations’ ambassadors met behind closed doors for a second day. However, one alliance official said significant progress had been made and there was a good chance that the envoys would clinch a deal when they reconvene at 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m. EDT). Full Story

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