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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-19-11 05:18 AM
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Iraq celebrates U.S. exit, worries for future
Source: AP via CBS

Even as Iraqis celebrated the departure of the last American troops Sunday, the dangers left behind after nearly nine years of war were on full display. Politicians feuded along the country's potentially explosive sectarian lines and the drumbeat of deadly violence went on.

The last U.S. convoy rumbled out of Iraq across the border into Kuwait around sunrise under a shroud of secrecy to prevent attacks on the departing troops. When news reached a waking Iraqi public, there was joy at the end of a presence that many Iraqis resented as a foreign occupation. <snip>

In the morning, a bomb hidden under a pile of trash exploded on a street of spare car parts stores in a mainly Shiite district of eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding four others. It was the latest in the near daily shootings and bombings low-level but still deadly that continue to bleed the country and that many fear will increase with the Americans gone. <snip>

Equally worrying, the resentments and bitterness between the Shiite majority and Sunni minority in this country of 31 million remain unhealed. The fear is that without the hand of American forces, the fragile attempts to get the two sides to work together could collapse and even turn to greater violence.


Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57344859/iraq-celeb...
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