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Iraqis employed by the US to take on al-Qaida are threatening to strike
An investigation carried out by GuardianFilms for Channel 4 uncovers how thousands of Iraqis employed at $10 a day by the US to take on al-Qaida are threatening to go on strike because they say they have been used by the ‘Americans to do their dirty work’ and haven’t been paid.
By ROBERT H. REID – 12 hours ago
BAGHDAD (AP) – Iraqi security forces battled Shiite gunmen south of Baghdad on Friday, raising tensions among rival factions of the country’s majority religious community and straining a seven-month cease-fire proclaimed by the biggest Shiite militia.
Also Friday, an American soldier was killed and four others were wounded in a rocket or mortar attack south of the capital, the military said. At least 3,993 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war five years ago, according to an Associated Press count. The statement did not provide more details about the location; the area has a volatile mix of Sunni and Shiite extremists.