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After Year of Gov’t, Killings Up in Iraq

One year ago Friday, when Iraq formed its first freely elected government, Americans and Iraqis hoped it would lead to a drop in violence. But Iraqis have continued to die in the thousands, and this year the trend is up. Figures compiled by The Associated Press over the past 12 months show more than 8,000 people have been killed and there are increasing cases of civilians being kidnapped, killed and dumped in public places. The numbers offer a counterpoint of caution for Washington’s hopes that Iraq’s second freely elected government, being formed now, will help curb violence. Full Story

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