Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Saudi plan

A Saudi plan regarding Iraq has been dismissed:

Iraqi government officials and commanders of the U.S.-led military coalition killed a proposal by Saudi Arabia for a Muslim peacekeeping force in Iraq, the White House said yesterday, citing concerns over who would be in charge.

Responding to reports in two newspapers, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the government in Baghdad had "some real concerns" about having troops from a neighboring country inside Iraq.

"The multinational force commanders also had some concerns about forces operating outside the chain of command," he said. Most of the multinational force commanders are Americans, as are the majority of forces.

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