Thursday, April 07, 2011

US military wants a role in Iraq after 2011

WP: 'The State Department will take on an expanded role in training police officers, but some military officials are angling for a modest role as well, probably in efforts to support external defense. There also are concerns about the persistence of al-Qaeda in Iraq, which took credit for a bombing last week that killed more than 57 people in Tikrit.

“I think there is an interest in having a continued presence,” Gates told a gathering of U.S. troops. “But the politics of it is, we’ll have to wait and see, because the initiative has to come from the Iraqis.” '

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