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Iraq,United States

12 December 2008

Associated Press

MAHMOUDIYA, Iraq — Two boys approached a U.S. soldier, pulled out a pistol and handed it over. They got a smile and some candy in return. The gun was plastic, and the boys were following a local Iraqi military order to surrender all toy weapons — an effort to prevent children from being mistaken for insurgents. With more children on the streets now that violence is down, American soldiers have a new mission in this former "triangle of death" city south of Baghdad:... (

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