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Iraqi troops ready for full security role by late 2007: minister

Iraq’s newly-minted army will be ready to take over the security of the war-torn state from US and allied troops by late next year or early 2008, Iraq’s oil minister said during a visit to Australia. However, the Australian government, under growing pressure to pull out its troops soon, said the timetable was “optimistic”, and pledged to keep forces in Iraq until the Iraqi military could handle security by itself. Full Story

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