On Patrol with the Army in Rural Iraq Baghdad may be calmer, but in many outlying areas of Iraq, insurgents pose a persistent threat. One Army unit's offensive against al-Qaida fighters in a village along the Tigris River highlights new efforts to secure rural Iraq.
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On Patrol with the Army in Rural Iraq

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On Patrol with the Army in Rural Iraq

On Patrol with the Army in Rural Iraq

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Soldiers crouch behind a mud-brick wall, waiting for a controlled detonation of a motorcycle found near an insurgent campsite. Corey Flintoff, NPR hide caption

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Soldiers crouch behind a mud-brick wall, waiting for a controlled detonation of a motorcycle found near an insurgent campsite.

Corey Flintoff, NPR

Baghdad may be calmer, but in many outlying areas of Iraq, insurgents pose a persistent threat.

Nearly 300 American soldiers and an Iraqi army unit, backed up by armored vehicles and air support, recently launched an operation to clear a farming community north of Baghdad of al-Qaida fighters and their weapons.

The Army unit's offensive in the village along the Tigris River highlights new efforts to secure rural Iraq.

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