U.S. Eyes UN Peacekeepers for Iraq After 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) - The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says U.N.
peacekeepers may be needed after American troops leave in 2011 if
tensions between Kurds and Arabs aren't resolved.

Army Gen. Ray Odierno said the hope is that Kurdish security
forces will have combined with the Arab-dominated Iraqi Army by
then and the peacekeepers wouldn't be necessary.

Iraq's Kurds want several areas of the country's north to be
part of their autonomous region, a move opposed by the
Arab-dominated central government.

Odierno noted that Iraq's Kurd-Arab tensions have been a problem
for years and that it is not known if they can be resolved soon.


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