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June 25, 2009
Iraq violence spikes ahead of scheduled U.S. pullout

More than 130,000 American troops remain in Iraq, but by next Tuesday most of them will leave the cities and towns and withdraw to bases, as required under the Iraqi-American security agreement.

Already, insurgents seem to be testing Iraq’s ability to maintain security, with a series of deadly bombings that has killed almost 200 people in recent days. The Pentagon has downplayed the recent spike in violence in Iraq.

On Wednesday, a bomb attached to a motorcycle killed 78 people at a market in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad, which is already under Iraqi control.

Michael Wahid Hanna, a fellow at the Century Foundation, joins Martin Savidge to discuss whether Iraqi security forces are ready to take control and what role U.S. forces will continue to play in Iraq after the pullout from cities.

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