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U.S. Plans New Tack After Iraq Elections

The United States plans to revise its approach to the insurgency after Iraq’s elections next week, beefing up the new Iraqi military by bringing back more troops and officers from Saddam Hussein’s former army and moving Iraqis into the front lines after earlier false starts. The broad goal is to let Iraqis assume increasing responsibility for the stabilization of Iraq and to diminish the American face on the campaign against the insurgents, according to U.S. and allied officials. The shift reflects the growing consensus among U.S. and Iraqi officials that the current strategy may be spurring greater opposition and deeper anger at the coalition, possibly even making the counterinsurgency unwinnable as it is now being conducted, they say. Full Story

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