U.S. PRIORITY: DEPLOYMENT, NOT EQUIPPING IRAQI FORCE
BAGHDAD [MENL] -- The United States has maintained its aim to increase thesize of Iraq's security forces, despite their failure in the Shi'ite revolt. U.S. officials said the training and deployment of Iraqi security forcesand military continue to remain Washington's priorities. The officials saidthe Defense Department prefers to deploy ill-trained security officersrather than leave areas of Iraq lawless.