Pentagon Prepares For New Military Talks With Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Pentagon official says the Obama administration expects to begin talks soon with Iraq on how to arrange a long-term security relationship.

Michele Flournoy, the top policy aide to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said in an interview that the talks are expected to start in a month or two.

The U.S. military completed its troop withdrawal in December. Unresolved is the question of what U.S.-Iraqi security ties will look like in the future, and whether Iraq can defend itself without more robust military assistance.

Flournoy spoke to reporters last week; she's stepping down from her post Friday.