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Intelligence estimate: Security is key to Iraq

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) _ A senior intelligence official says a much-anticipated intelligence assessment on Iraq concludes that success depends on improving poor security.

Thomas Fingar, the top intelligence official in the Office of the National Intelligence Director, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Fingar said that the shaky security situation is fueling sectarian violence, hurting the government and slowing reconstruction. The brief overview provided just a peek at the intelligence estimate.

The highly classified National Intelligence Estimate from the nation's 16 spy agencies has been in the works for months.

The White House will have to decide what, if any, portions of the document are made public.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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