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Military to Protect U.S. Aid Teams in Iraq

U.S. military forces will provide security for new reconstruction teams being set up in Iraq’s provinces to coordinate U.S. aid, the State Department announced yesterday. The announcement followed months of disagreement between the Pentagon and the State Department over whether to use U.S. troops or private security guards to ensure the safety of dozens of diplomats, aid workers and other civilian specialists who would staff the new outposts. State has argued that the teams warrant U.S. military protection, but the Pentagon, eager to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq, had resisted committing to the new mission. Full Story

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