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Iraq declines regional military training

AFP reports:

IRAQ has declined offers from Turkey and Iran to train its forces, after the failure of negotiations with the US on a post-2011 training mission, a high-ranking Iraqi official said today.

"Tehran and Ankara offered to train Iraqi forces, but we did not accept either due to the sensitivity of the situation," the official in the prime minister's office told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We cannot accept one state without another," said the official. "We prefer that the file of training the forces be outside the framework of neighbouring countries."

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