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Iraq asks Security Council to extend mandate for multinational force

[JURIST] Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari [CBS news profile] has asked the UN Security Council [official website] to renew resolution 1546 [UN summary], authorizing a US-led multinational force [MNF-Iraq official website] to remain in Iraq. Citing the latest wave of violence and the limited number of trained Iraqi security forces, Zebari has requested that the resolution be extended until the political transition is completed, or until Iraq can provide for its security needs on its own. The council is expected to meet and approve the request next week. AP has more.

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