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U.S. Trains New Iraq Defense Dept.

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U.S. Trains New Iraq Defense Dept.

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U.S. Trains New Iraq Defense Dept.

U.S. Trains New Iraq Defense Dept.

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American officials are helping Iraqis build a new, civilian-controlled defense department ahead of the U.S. transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis in July. U.S. officials have little time left to train dozens of officers from Iraq's old army — long accustomed to working under a dictatorship — how armed forces work in a democracy. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.

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