Friday, June 25, 2004

U.S. and other Western advisers completed their hand-over of Iraq's government ministries to Iraqis on Thursday, six days before the U.S. occupation formally ends.

The final 11 of 25 ministries handed over to Iraqi control were some of the most sensitive, including the defense, interior and justice ministries.

Iraqi ministers now oversee more than 1 million government workers. About 200 foreigners, mainly Americans and Britons, will stay on as consultants.

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