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Attacks prompt vehicle ban in Iraqi city

Iraqi authorities ordered a one-day vehicle ban in Baqouba on Friday in response to a series of deadly suicide bombings and other attacks by al-Qaida in Iraq against predominantly Sunni fighters that have allied with the United States. The U.S. military also stepped up operations against al-Qaida cells and networks in Diyala province, of which Baqouba is the capital. The U.S. military announced it had killed a local leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Muhammad Khalil Ibrahim, during a Dec. 28 airstrike in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, in an area known as the “Triangle of Death” just south of Baghdad. Full Story

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