Iraq FM says country needs US help past 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's foreign minister says his country needs U.S. help to train its military past the end of 2011.

Wednesday's remarks by Hoshyar Zebari hint at a possible deal with the United States. All American forces must leave Iraq by the end of this year. But privately many Iraqi and American officials say Iraq's nascent military will still need American troop assistance. The U.S. has offered to keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq to help train Iraqis.

Zebari and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki seem to be preparing the public for some type of American military presence in Iraq past 2011. But Zebari gave no details, saying no agreement has been reached and Iraq has not asked for any U.S. forces to stay.