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01 July 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Bomb kills 32 in Iraq as U.S. troops leave  

(BAGHDAD, SECURITY, KIRKUK, PEOPLE, IRAQIS, MILITARY)


By Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Hours after U.S. troops handed over control of Iraq`s cities to its domestic security forces, a car bomb in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100 on Tuesday, police said. The blast tore through a busy market in a largely Kurdish part of the city, which is regarded as a potential flashpoint between ethnic Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen. The U.S. pullback to rural bases from towns and cities is the first step toward a full U.S. withdrawal by 2012 agreed under a bilateral security pact. Some Iraqis fear it l... read more