The United States will deploy military-civilian reconstruction teams in Iraq to help defeat the insurgency and rebuild the country, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at a hearing on Wednesday.
"These will be civil-military teams, working in concert with each of the major subordinate commands, training police, setting up courts and helping local governments with essential services like sewage treatment or irrigation," Rice said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.
The first of the "provincial reconstruction teams" will be dispatched to Iraq next month, Rice said, adding that these teams will be part of Washington's "clear, hold, and build" strategy.
These teams will "clear areas from insurgent control, hold them securely and build durable, national Iraqi institutions," she said.
More than two years after the end of the Iraq war, the United States has been facing a persistent insurgency that has left nearly 2,000 US soldiers killed and over 10,000 injured in Iraq.