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Iraq’s Vice President says pullout of U.S. troops will ‘improve security’

The year-end pullout of US forces will improve security in Iraq, Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi claimed Sunday, days after Iraqi leaders agreed to talk with Washington over a post-2011 training mission. Hashemi, a Sunni Muslim and one of two vice presidents whose positions are largely ceremonial, said a continued American…

Iraq death toll for July second highest in 2011

Deadly violence in Iraq declined slightly in July from the previous month but still marked the second-highest death toll for the year, data published on Monday showed. The latest figures come days after a US watchdog warned that Iraq was a more dangerous country than a year ago ahead of…