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Iraq to Reorganize Baghdad Security Forces

11 May 2006

The Iraqi government says it is bringing all Baghdad's security forces under a unified command in an effort to control sectarian violence.

Officials say there are tens of thousands of police and paramilitary troops operating in Baghdad - but their identities and affiliations are often unclear. They say the reorganized force will wear the same uniform, use similar vehicles and be under a single commander.

News of the plan comes one day after Iraq's President Jalal Talabani said nearly 1,100 people were killed in Baghdad last month. Those deaths include hundreds of people whose bullet-riddled bodies were found across the capital.

In Baghdad Thursday, a roadside-bomb killed five street cleaners. Two similar explosions in another part of the city killed three U.S. soldiers. To the north, gunmen kidnapped 10 people - at least five of whom were saved by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

On political front, Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Nouri al-Maliki did not announce the makeup of his new government Wednesday, as had been widely expected. Mr. al-Maliki has pledged to forward a full Cabinet list to parliament for its approval by the end of this week.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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