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Iraq launches drive to secure violent capital

Iraqi and US forces began a security buildup in Baghdad Wednesday in a bid by the newly formed government to control insurgent and sectarian attacks in the capital. The open-ended clampdown is to be one of the largest security operations in Baghdad since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein. Operation Forward Together, which involves more than 40,000 Iraqi and some 7,200 Coalition forces, is a key test of the promises made by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to end the bloodshed that has taken more than 6,000 lives already this year. Full Story

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