October 5, 2009 1:00 AM

Iraqis, Americans seeking a new relationship

Advise and assist brigades are at the vanguard of a paradigm shift in the U.S. military's approach to Iraq, from a combat-focused mission to a tenuous partnership with Iraqi forces — many of whom with ties to factions that have attacked Americans. They are billed as the American future in Iraq. But that means forging a new relationship with Iraqis, and getting past suspicions on both sides.

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