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April 20, 2007 3:00 AM

U.S. walls off Baghdad neighborhoods

The United States military has begun sealing off Baghdad neighborhoods with concrete walls in a controversial new strategy intended to calm Baghdads sectarian flashpoints, but residents fear the barriers could deepen divisions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Seven so-called gated communities have been or are being built, according to military officials, and more may be coming under the wide-ranging Baghdad security crackdown launched nine weeks ago.

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