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Iraq Needs U.S. Troops to Stay Longer for Training, Maliki Says

Iraq may seek to keep U.S. troops in the country past this year to help with training, a role not requiring the approval of a parliament ready to reject continuation of American combat missions, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said today.

“Iraq needs the Americans for training on the sea, air and ground and sea weapons,” he said in an interview with state-sponsored Iraqiya television. “This does not need the approval of parliament,” he said.