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U.S. troops, others may protect Baghdad diplomats

The U.S. military and Iraqi government are discussing plans under which American and other troops could help protect diplomats in Baghdad, a U.S. general said on Friday in a tacit admission that Iraqi security forces were not yet up to the task. The American military in the past has been reluctant to commit its troops to protect foreign envoys, leaving that to Iraqi security forces and hired guards. But Army Maj. Gen. William Webster, commander of multinational forces in the Baghdad area, told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference that something needed to be done “very quickly” to counter attacks and threats against foreign diplomats in the Iraqi capital. Full Story

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