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Bomb Explosions in Baghdad Kill 18

Iraq’s government takes command of its armed forces Thursday, a milestone American officials have hailed as crucial to the country’s difficult road to independence and eventual withdrawal of foreign troops. However, Iraq’s bloodshed continued in the hours before the handover. Five bomb attacks targeting police patrols in Baghdad killed at least 18 people and wounded 57. “This is such a huge, significant event that’s about to occur,” U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Wednesday of the handover. ”If you go back and you map out significant events that have occurred in this government’s formation in taking control of the country, tomorrow is gigantic.” Full Story

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