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    CIA Increases Iraq Support

    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07:  U.S. Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. Brennan was expected to face sharp questioning on the U.S. military drone program in addition to questions about his nomination to head the CIA.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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    The CIA is going to escalate support for Iraqi antiterrorism units in the hopes of arming them against al Qaeda operatives. The U.S. is apparently stepping up the mission out of concern for potential spillover from the neighboring Syrian civil war. The Iraqi al Qaeda affiliate is known to have close ties to a militant group controlling parts of northern Syria. According to The Wall Street Journal, the White House secretly called for CIA support to Iraq’s Counterterrorism Service between 2011 and late 2012.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal