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Iraqis restrict US operations in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - Ever since U.S. troops turned over responsibility for security in Iraqi cities to Iraqi troops, the Americans haven't been free to move through urban areas.

An Iraqi military commander says his forces have turned down requests from U.S. troops to move through Baghdad unescorted and to conduct a raid since the end of June.

That's when U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban areas under a security agreement with Iraq.

An Iraqi brigade commander says the transfer took place with minor friction in the capital.

He says there were two occasions in which Iraqi troops turned down U.S. requests to move around the capital until they had Iraqi escorts. And, he says the Americans were denied permission to conduct a raid, which the Iraqis carried out themselves.

Outside urban areas, U.S. troops are still able to move without Iraqi approval. There, Americans are helping with the search and arrest of insurgents. They're also manning checkpoints and training Iraqi forces.


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