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BAGHDAD - A car bomb killed at least seven children and 11 other people in a northern city, providing a reminder that militants still can cause casualties despite security improvements that led U.S. troops to return a southern province to Iraqi control Wednesday.


Ninety people also were injured in the blast at a popular outdoor market in Tal Afar, said a police official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The city, a one-time stronghold of Sunni insurgents 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, was targeted in offensives by U.S. and Iraqi troops that prompted American leaders to describe it as a success story in the effort to stabilize Iraq. But sporadic attacks continue.

Also in the north, a car bomb killed two civilians in Mosul, police reported. The two attacks came a day after suicide bombers killed at least 28 people in Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad.

South of Baghdad, the formal transfer in the Qadisiyah province reflected a drop in violence and instability across Iraq and marked another success for Iraq's increasingly assertive government, which seeks a timeline from the United States for the withdrawal of American forces.

Qadisiyah, a mostly Shiite region, was the 10th of Iraq's 18 provinces to return to Iraqi authority, with U.S. and Polish troops relinquishing control at a military ceremony.

"This is further evidence of our goal to have security control in the whole of Iraq by the end of 2008," said Mouwafak al-Rubaie, Iraq's national security adviser.

In a statement, U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker and Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, said Iraqi security forces in Qadisiyah had been operating "independently" the last two months.

"We will assist as requested," the statement said, adding that Iraqi provincial and military leadership would have to create long-term security that can lead to economic development.

In Washington, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said he expected to be able to recommend further American troop reductions in Iraq later this year if security continues to improve.

"I won't go so far as to say that progress in Iraq from a military perspective has reached a tipping point or is reversible — it has not, and it is not," Adm. Mike Mullen said. "But security is unquestionably and remarkably better."

Qadisiyah had been the scene of fighting among Shiite factions, and U.S. and Iraqi troops conducted a big operation there last year. The handover was delayed from last month.

U.S. forces also have delayed the handover of Anbar province, the sprawling region west of Baghdad where occasional bombings and combat occur despite a sharp drop in violence. Anbar had been a stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremist groups until Sunni tribes turned on them and allied with the United States.

Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad, is another trouble spot. On Tuesday, two suicide bombers killed 28 people in a crowd of army recruits outside a military base in Baqouba. Iraq has said it will soon launch an offensive in Diyala against militants who are trying to regroup, and U.S. commanders say they will assist.

In Baghdad, a female suicide bomber blew herself up Tuesday evening inside the house of a municipal leader who was planning to establish a U.S.-allied Sunni group, an official connected with the group reported Wednesday.

Saad Awad, the leader in the Abu Ghraib district, escaped unharmed but his father was among three men killed while seven others were injured, said the official, who did not want to be quoted by name out of concern for his safety.

The U.S. military confirmed the attack.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society, meanwhile, said Wednesday that its chief and two deputies have been summoned by an investigative court that is probing alleged corruption.

Adnan al-Kadhimi, one of the deputies sought for questioning, said Red Crescent chief Saeed Haqi was out of the country on official business and heading for the United States. Al-Kadhimi said the agency was preparing a legal defense.

Iraq's Red Crescent group plays a major role in aid operations throughout the country.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, AP 7/15/08


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  • Continuing to slay civilians i see. This is nothing new. savages.

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  • Ah, they enjoy our company so much they want us to stay. Pure cowards that target kids to cause terror and chaos. Believe me, I won't call them cowards if they just try to target the military, but they know that is becoming futile, so where do they target their homicidal tendencies, on their own freaking people and kids, fucking monsters.

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  • less than human motherfuckers. To call them a coward would be giving them a promotion.

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  • i love how the e-surgents dont reply to this in the same manner of an IED video. killing infidels for their homeland huh? so honorable huh? any bets on how many posts this video will get? i say 32, if i'm wrong, ill wear something that supports the liberal crazies for 1 week.
    bet this wont be on CNN either. coward fucks

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  • You'd think, logically, that if there was no violence in Iraq, the American's and all other nations would have no reason to be there. Then we'd all leave. So all the insurgents have to do to get foreigners out is do nothing. That is the simplest way for them to get us out. But instead, they want to sow terror and death and say, "Look what the American's make us do!"

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    • Bullseye. exceptional/intelligent comment. SPOT ON mate.

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    • First off, I seem to have hit a nerve, cuz nothing I said warranted the personal attack. And I don't think it's naive to think if our soldiers had no one to fight, we'd have no reason to be there. If the region was calm, and Iraqi military units were controlling the violence, the American people would demand our troops return. And rightly so. If you think the best way to get US troops out is suicide bombings, I suggest you strap on a bomb vest and head out to the nearest lake. Swim to the center More..

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  • 'gee lets see, most of the people in Iraq hate
    us because we blow up innocent people with car
    bombs, etc... lets continue to use that tactic
    to punish them and then they will support us again'
    (prob. what the retard insurgent cmdrs. think)

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  • poor kids, it's always the kids that suffer, RIP

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  • Muslim terrorist MURDERING innocent civilians, again!!

    When did Islam start outlawing people shopping at marketplaces?

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  • This is not news, mohamadons have been killing other mohamadons since they invented their religion. Some things will never change.

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  • true dude

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  • Islamic extremists are a blight on this earth. I'm sure Iraqi mothers' and fathers' love their childern as much as we do. My heart goes out to them. The sooner the allies and Iraqi people wipe these cowardly pricks off the face of the earth the better. They won't find many virgins in hell...At least not the ones their looking for.

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  • Is it bedtime for all the esurgents or prayer time? This comment section actually has a sweet smell to it right now and believe me, it's not my cheap aftershave. LOL

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  • The way I see it they have to blow up children, how else can they continue to provide virgins to the heroic warriors of Islam?

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  • More proof that our enemy is just pure evil.

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  • Murdering scum.

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  • insurgents like to kill children. Lot of Iraqi and Afghanistan children killed by these "freedom fighters"

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  • Animals... Only Islam can create such beings.

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  • That picture is from when us soldiers killed that little girls family for not stopping at a checkpoint. Im all for america, and hate the iraqis, but that is fact.

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  • Yep, the bomber will definitely go to paradise, after killing 7 children and other innocents..

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  • ive just done a ping test and found ive been routed through the cia site at langley gotta change your ip address girls

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  • you're going to tell me airstrikes are "surgical", right?

    let's talk about the US Air Force's continued use of cluster bombs, then. most civilized nations have banned ANY use of them during times of war (Russia and the US hasn't, of course; Israel also uses them):

    "At a summit in Dublin that finished ahead of schedule, 109 nations have agreed on a treaty that bans the use, sale and acquisition of cluster bombs.

    Major manufacturers and users of the weapons, including the US, Chi More..

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    • An article from 2003? Whats that got to do with urban Iraq now? Are you claiming that cluster bombs are still being used in Iraq? I'd like to know how many WP rounds were used in Falluja....see if you can find that out las...it would help answer questions.

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  • this is another english cowards act they always bomb mrkets n kill iraqi civilians and blame it on our hero iraqi resistance the white trash protestant pieces of shit they even blew our churches (catholic-orthodox)offcourse so they make more civil unrest between iraqis nothing new about these jewish ideas

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    • Oh those scary Jews, they're coming to get you! LOL Boo!

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    • Mate..time to pack your bags..head to the motherland and do your part. You are sitting on the side lines while the English are blowing up your people, churches, markets etc etc etc...cause the WHOLE World knows MUSLIMS do not kill and it is just us white trash...if you run, you can catch the next flight out and we will be cheering for you. We may even see your picture on this site titled "30mm takes out brave insurgent DISarming an IED cause you guys would never set them!!

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    • Congratulations! You have won the Dumbest Motherfucker Award of the 17th of July 2008!
      You can collect your prize in Iraq.

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  • ah lasrever ... we see it when others dont

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