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01/05/2004 Archived Entry: "U.S. to fund secret police in Iraq"

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Nine months after the demise of Saddam Hussein's regime and his feared mukhabarat (intelligence) operatives, Iraq is to get a secret police force again -- courtesy of Washington.

The Bush administration is to fund the new agency in the latest initiative to root out Ba'athist regime loyalists behind the continuing insurgency in parts of Iraq.

The force will cost up to $3 billion (1.8 billion) over the next three years in money allocated from the same part of the federal budget that finances the Central Intelligence Agency.

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