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CIA Analyst Cautious About Iraq

In a farewell assessment of Iraq’s security and political situation, the CIA’s senior officer there wrote that a stronger government and economy are necessary to avoid descent into wider violence, a U.S. official said yesterday. The Sunni population must take part in Iraq’s Jan. 30 election, the officer wrote in a mixed review of the situation, according to the official. The official discussed the Baghdad station chief’s classified assessment on the condition of anonymity. The chief, whose identity is confidential, is leaving Iraq after completing a scheduled tour, the official said. The officer’s assessment was reported first Tuesday in the New York Times. It was distributed around the government in late November, the official said. Full Story

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