U.S. Troops in Iraq Face Many Enemies Our reporter, who is embedded with troops in Iraq, says U.S. troops are so busy trying to stay alive that they pay little attention to what is going on in Iraq. He talks about the troop surge, talk of withdrawal and other Iraq developments.
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U.S. Troops in Iraq Face Many Enemies

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U.S. Troops in Iraq Face Many Enemies

U.S. Troops in Iraq Face Many Enemies

U.S. Troops in Iraq Face Many Enemies

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U.S. troops from Fort Benning, Ga., are some of the last troops assigned to the surge in Baghdad.

In one post southeast of the capital, the Shiite militia, Sunni extremists and al-Qaida are all gunning for U.S. troops. Al-Qaida operatives play a minor role among the insurgents in that area, so troops must be on the look out for other insurgents.

Our reporter on the ground says soldiers are so busy staying alive, they give little thought to what is going on in Washington, D.C.