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Iraq celebrates withdrawal; four US soldiers die

BAGHDAD (AP) - It's "National Sovereignty Day" in Iraq.
The public holiday marks the withdrawal of American troops from
Baghdad and other Iraq cities and the assumption of security
responsibilities in the cities by Iraqi forces as part of a
U.S.-Iraqi security pact.
Iraqis marked the day with an overnight display of fireworks and
thousands attended a party in a park where singers performed
patriotic songs.
President Jalal Talabani says the day could not have happened
without the help of the United States, which invaded Iraq in 2003
and ousted Saddam Hussein -- who was later convicted by an Iraqi
court and executed in Dec. 2006.
While describing June 30 as a "glorious page" in Iraq's
history, Talibani warns that "security will not be achieved
completely without proper political environment and without a real
national unity and reconciliation."
The U.S. military announced that four Baghdad-based U.S.
soldiers were killed in combat yesterday.


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