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U.S. to Hand Iraq Police Lead Role in Volatile Town

U.S. troops are preparing to hand over security powers to Iraqi police in one of the country’s most anti-American towns in a move that could be a test case for a transition of power. American soldiers have faced near daily attacks from guerrillas in the town of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, ranging from mortar bombs to rocket-propelled grenades as Iraqi police have returned to the volatile streets. “I believe our joint operations with the police in Ramadi between now and around the first of January will allow us to move to a second stage in regards to security for Ramadi,” Major General Charles Swannack told a news conference. “That is where American forces step back. (Then) pull some joint patrols with the Iraqi police but allow the police to go ahead and do the major functions,” he said. Full Story

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