Provisional Government in Iraq

Irbil, Iraq-AP

-- America's top official in northern Iraqi is trying to assure Iraqis that his office is not a provisional government.

Retired General Bruce Moore says basic civilian services will be restored as soon as possible.

Moore told the Kurdistan National Assembly today that his Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance will soon shift to an advisory role and eventually leave.

Moore says the immediate task of his office is to restore electricity and medical care and pay civil servants' salaries. All these things have been disrupted since the northern areas that had remained under Saddam Hussein's control fell to the Kurds and Americans more than a week ago.

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