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The Pentagon is confirming the authenticity of a memo written by outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld concerning the Iraq war.

The New York Times first reported the memo, in which Rumsfeld suggested "a major adjustment" in tactics two days before he resigned.

In the memo dated November sixth, Rumsfeld writes: "Clearly, what U-S forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough."

Among his suggestions are increasing the number of U-S trainers and embedding Iraqi soldiers with American and coalition forces. Rumsfeld also recommends U-S forces be placed in substantial numbers near the Iranian and Syrian borders.

The Times says it's unclear whether Rumsfeld knew he was about to be replaced when he submitted the memo. However, a source tells the A-P that Rumsfeld did know when he wrote it that he would be leaving.


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