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Iraqis spar over order to lift U.S. checkpoints

Shi’ite and Sunni leaders argued on Wednesday about a government order lifting U.S. checkpoints around a Baghdad militia stronghold as figures showed more than 40 Iraqi civilians died on average each day in October. American troops ended roadblocks around the Shi’ite slum district of Sadr City after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered them out. The move followed public friction with Washington before elections in which President George W. Bush’s Republicans risk losing control of Congress. Full Story

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