December 22, 2009 7:43 AM

U.S. troops in Iraq are doing detective work

In Iraq, U.S. soldiers increasingly find themselves in detective-like roles. They investigate crimes, chase leads and build cases against suspects. They gather enough information so that an Iraqi court can order an arrest warrant, and then Iraqi security forces can arrest the suspect. It is one of the ways the American military's mission in Iraq has transformed in the last several months into an advisory and training capacity.

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