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August 18, 2006 3:00 AM

Sectarian suspicion plagues Iraqi Army

A three-day tour with U.S. and Iraqi troops aiming to stop Baghdads plunge toward civil war showed one thing clearly: Iraqi forces remain unprepared to police the capital city alone. The joint operations neighborhood searches illuminated the growing distrust that the average Iraqi has for the security forces in the midst of sectarian warfare thats claiming more Iraqi lives each month. Many members of the Shiite Muslim-dominated security forces are suspected of siding with death squads that target Sunni Muslims.

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