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Iraq Nears Consolidation of Paramilitary Units

Negotiations are under way to bring a major Iraqi government paramilitary unit under clear control of the Interior Ministry, in line with an earlier announced reorganization aimed at putting all national police forces under a single commander, a top Interior Ministry official said Thursday. The change is one of a series of steps started in March to rein in the disparate units — commandos, public-order brigades and others — in Iraq’s Shiite-dominated Interior Ministry forces. Sunni Arab community leaders have charged that ministry forces were abducting, torturing and killing Sunni men. Full Story

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