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NATO Obstacles Delay Training of Iraqi Force

A NATO program to help train the new Iraqi Army will probably not begin until the end of the year, the alliance’s top commander says, dealing a setback to the Bush administration’s effort to speed the rebuilding of Iraqi security forces in advance of elections there in January. Administration officials eagerly welcomed NATO’s decision last month to dispatch 300 trainers to Iraq to set up a military academy to help prepare mid-level and senior officers, as well as enlisted personnel, in Iraq’s security forces. NATO agreed to expand the alliance’s presence in Iraq after overcoming resistance from several members, notably France. Full Story

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