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U.S. Troops Crack Down on Fuel Smuggling

U.S. troops in this oil refining center are cracking down on a vast fuel theft and smuggling operation that robs from Iraq’s economy and helps finance the insurgency. The troops are chasing the smugglers and closely monitoring refinery workers. For American soldiers, it means ending a hands-off approach at the facility and doing jobs that would normally fall to police. Capt. Adam Lackey of Trafalgar, Ind., said it was a problem that could no longer be ignored because the illicit money helps buy bombs and bullets that kill and maim soldiers. Full Story

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