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NATO Looks to Close Deal on Iraq Missions

NATO officials hoped to wrap up a deal Friday to begin training missions for Iraqi forces, despite strong French objections to Washington’s demand that the commander be an American. “This is going to end today,” a NATO official said on customary condition of anonymity, following two days of marathon talks at NATO headquarters. “We want to start” the mission. Ambassadors reconvened after consulting capitals on the last outstanding issues, chief among them Washington’s insistence that the commander of the NATO mission be linked to the U.S.-led coalition, which will be providing protection. Full Story

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