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Staffing, Security Issues Stall Provincial Program

Nearly a year after planning began, a top-priority U.S. effort to bolster weak governments in Iraq’s heartland remains barely off the ground as officials struggle to provide security and staff for the dangerous mission. Bush administration officials say that by sending teams of American and allied civilian and military aides to Iraq’s 18 provinces they can help build up still-skeletal local governments, improve public services and strengthen a fragile national government that has often been unable to exert influence beyond the U.S. protected Green Zone in Baghdad. Full Story

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