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Baghdad braces for Saddam trial verdict

U.S. and Iraqi forces set up extra checkpoints, boosted patrols and blocked traffic across a main Baghdad bridge on Saturday, one day before the expected announcement of a verdict — and possible death sentence — in the trial of former leader Saddam Hussein. Leave for all military personnel has been canceled indefinitely and vacationing soldiers recalled to active duty, in of one of the heaviest security crackdowns in Baghdad since the rampant sectarian violence unleashed by the bombing of a main Shiite shrine in the city of Samarra in February. Full Story

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