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U.S. General Says Iraqi Army Will Be Built by End of the Year

The American general in charge of training Iraqi security forces said Tuesday that the new army would be formed and at full strength by the end of the year. But he cautioned that the new military in Iraq still faced a shortage of qualified officers and the infrastructure required to carry out independent operations. The officer, Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, said the threat of armed militias could be resolved only by negotiations with religious leaders commanding those illegal groups, and by taking away their foot soldiers by offering them the choice of a role within government-controlled security services, an opportunity to disarm — or punishment. Full Story

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