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Military power shift planned in Iraq

The commander of coalition forces in northern Iraq said Friday that four Iraqi army divisions in his area will be put under Baghdad’s control by next March. It’s just the kind of transfer that a U.S. study commission reportedly is ready to embrace. “I can certainly see great opportunity to reduce the amount of combat forces on the ground” in the north “and turn more responsibility over to Iraqi security forces,” Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon told Pentagon reporters in a videoconference from his headquarters near Tikrit. Some U.S. commanders in Iraq already are shifting some troops from combat to support roles, while giving the Iraqi Ministry of Defense more control over Iraq troops. Full Story

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