Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Najaf handed to Iraqis' control


The US military has handed over security of Iraq's Najaf province, south of the capital Baghdad, to government forces.
Najaf is the third province to come under Iraqi security control.

The handover occurred as the new US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Iraq two days after taking office.

Mr Gates is meeting military commanders and Iraqi politicians to get advice on a new policy for the country that President George W Bush is formulating. .....

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