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Ask the US commander in Iraq
The deputy director of coalition operations in Iraq, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, answered your questions in a special edition of Talking Point.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell has insisted that US forces in Iraq will remain under American control after the 30 June handover of sovereignty.

His comments contradict UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's assertion that the new Iraqi government will have have "final political control" on military operations.

Mr Powell said that while the Americans would consult the Iraqi authorities, US military units would do whatever was necessary to protect themselves.

The security situation has been a major problem for coalition forces. Last month saw the highest number of US troops killed since the invasion of Iraq last year.

The prisoner abuse scandal has also undermined the coalition forces' credibility in Iraq.

Can Iraq's security situation be improved? Who should be in charge of armed forces in Iraq?


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