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The United States will do its utmost to assist the Self-Defense Forces in Iraq, including providing information to Japan concerning possible terrorist attacks, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told Defense Agency chief Shigeru Ishiba on Monday.

Armitage said that although reconstruction efforts are going well, local discontent toward the U.S. military as well as attacks by foreign terrorist elements are working against efforts to bring stability to the nation, according to a Japanese official who briefed reporters.

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