A U.S. soldier stands guard outside a local clinic with a bomb sniffing dog in Tarmiya town, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad May 25, 2006. If all goes to plan, Iraqi forces will prove they can take ... more 
A U.S. soldier stands guard outside a local clinic with a bomb sniffing dog in Tarmiya town, 30 km (20 miles) north of Baghdad May 25, 2006. If all goes to plan, Iraqi forces will prove they can take over security in long-time rebel strongholds like Tarmiya and enable U.S. troops to go home. U.S. commanders note progress since they arrived two months ago with the daunting mission of rooting out al Qaeda militants, improving ties between Iraqi forces and the local population and building an effective police force from scratch. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen less 
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