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Iraq,United States

15 August 2006

Peninsula (Qatar) / AFP

BAGHDAD — "Do you have a gun? Do you mind if we check around?" says the polite but firm US soldier as he conducts house-to-house searches for illegal weapons in Baghdad's western Ghazalia neighbourhood. Iraqi and US forces have launched what amounts to an operation to recover Baghdad from the grip of sectarian death squads and insurgent groups, whose reign of terror has left thousands dead in the past few months. The house-to-house sweep is not designed to disarm... (

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