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Bloodshed rises in Iraq as US demands 'victory' - Independent Online Edition > Middle East

Bloodshed rises in Iraq as US demands 'victory' - Independent Online Edition > Middle East: "As Tony Blair, one of the architects of the Iraq war, prepares to leave office, it is clearer than ever that his ally's strategy of systematically crushing the Sunni insurgency is not working. In this special report from Baghdad, Patrick Cockburn shows why "

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Mother and child have gotten used to this routine. “The norm is not to have water during the day,” Abeer told The Electronic Intifada. “It is very tiring for my child to fill a bucket and carry it at least 400 meters like this.”
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