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U.S. gains in parts of Iraq in jeopardy

For months, soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade fought in riverside towns of western Iraq, trying to clamp off the flow of foreign fighters and suicide bombers that commanders said were terrorizing Baghdad. Now hundreds of these same U.S. soldiers have been sent to deal with what U.S. officials say is an even greater threat — rising attacks between Sunnis and Shiites in the capital itself. Left behind in the dusty towns along the Euphrates River in Anbar province are fewer U.S. troops — and fears that hard-won gains could be in jeopardy from a Sunni Arab insurgency that is far from defeated. Full Story

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