*Germany and Russia are ready to train a new Iraqi police force, but they want the US to specify a firm timetable for turning Iraq back over to the Iraqis. Russia is flatly rejecting the idea of sending troops to Iraq under any circumstances.
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Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Follow him on Twitter at @jricole or the Informed Comment Facebook Page