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NATO Leaders Agree to Help Train Iraq's Security Force - 2004-06-28


NATO leaders meeting in Istanbul, Turkey have agreed to help train Iraq's new security force, in response to a request from the incoming interim Iraqi government.

The announcement came on the opening day of the two-day NATO summit, but it was unclear whether the training will be conducted inside Iraq. France and Germany had expressed reservations about sending troops to the war-torn nation.

A NATO official says President Bush and other alliance leaders also agreed on a major expansion of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, ahead of elections planned for September.

The official said the peacekeeping force will increase from 6,500 to 10,000.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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