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U.S. forces to stop joint operations in Iraq’s north

TIKRIT, Iraq — In one week US troops will cease joint operations with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, begun in early 2010 to dampen tensions between Kurds and Sunni Arabs in disputed northern zones, a US military official said on Saturday. Colonel Michael Bowers said that from August 1, American forces…

Suicide blast at Iraq police centre kills 50

TIKRIT, Iraq (AFP) – A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of police recruits in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, killing 50 people in the bloodiest attack in more than two months. The blast, which also wounded 150, was the first major strike in Iraq since…