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U.S. military abandons checkpoints

By Judd Legum

"U.S. military abandons checkpoints"

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set up to locate an abducted soilder on the orders of the Iraqi Prime Minister. The AP has the story:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki flexed his political muscle Tuesday and won U.S. agreement to lift military blockades on Sadr City and another Shiite enclave where an American soldier was abducted.

U.S. forces, who had set up the checkpoints in Baghdad last week as part of an unsuccessful search for the soldier, drove away in Humvees and armored personnel carriers at the 5 p.m. deadline set by al-Maliki.

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