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Powell's Vision for Post-War Iraq

Powell's Vision for Post-War Iraq

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(Washington-AP) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell wants to see a new Iraqi government that includes both exiles and "those inside" who opposed Saddam Hussein.

After meeting with President Bush, the secretary of defense and the national security adviser, Powell says speed is important in setting up an interim government for Iraq.

Who will rule Iraq after the war, and how, is a subject of debate both within the administration and within the world community.

Powell says U-S plans are being laid now, and the goal is an interim authority that represents "all the groups who are interested in the future of Iraq."

Many in the U-N and the European Union say it would be wiser for the U-N to take the leading role in shaping postwar Iraq, rather than the U-S.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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