Iraq's national security adviser expressed doubt Friday that Iraqi forces will be able to assume security control of the whole country by the end of the year, which had been a goal of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.
"We had hopes and intentions to take over security in all provinces and command of all army divisions before the end of the year," Mouwaffak al-Rubaie told The Associated Press. "But there are difficulties and challenges that appeared along the way, in arming, equipping, recruiting and training our armed forces."
Rubaie would not specify a new deadline.
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