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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Iraq Study Group will release its report on the way forward in Iraq on Dec. 6, it announced Wednesday.

An independent group of prominent public officials, the group was created by Congress to look at fresh approaches in Iraq. Its members include former Secretary of State James Baker III and former congressman Lee H. Hamilton.

Anticipation has run high in Washington about what the group will recommend.

Media reports have mentioned boosting U.S. troop levels, and possible talks with Iran and Syria.

In a two-sentence news release issued Wednesday, the group gave no indication what it intends to recommend.

The Defense Department looks forward to the results of the group’s study, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Wednesday.

The Iraq Study Group’s work is parallel to deliberations happening inside the Pentagon.

Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that he had asked each service for a couple of their best commanders who have recently returned from Iraq to join the Joint Chiefs in their deliberations on Iraq.

“We are looking at the whole spectrum of possible military actions,” Pace said.


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