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Iraqi Town Has Seen 60 Die in the Past 4 Days

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Iraqi Town Has Seen 60 Die in the Past 4 Days

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Iraqi Town Has Seen 60 Die in the Past 4 Days

Iraqi Town Has Seen 60 Die in the Past 4 Days

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Sectarian violence has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 60 people over the past four days in the Iraqi town of Balad. Local leaders say the U.S. military has been slow to respond. Iraqi forces, with U.S. troops in a supporting role, are struggling to contain Sunni-Shiite violence in and around Balad, north of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in a Shiite district of the capital after U.S. forces arrested the local commander of the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr.