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U.S. Looks to Baghdad to Deal With Violence

Faced with a resurgence of sectarian violence in Iraq, the Bush administration took a largely wait-and-see posture in public yesterday while laboring behind the scenes to try to bolster Iraqi military forces and prevent the unraveling of negotiations on forming a new unity government. The U.S. military, which has lowered force levels in Iraq by more than 20,000 troops since December’s elections to about 133,000 now, reported no moves toward a possible new buildup. Instead, several U.S. military officers said, the plan is to rely on Iraq’s fledgling security forces to take the lead in attempting to contain the strife. Full Story

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