On Patrol with the Army in Rural Iraq
Baghdad may be calmer, but in many outlying areas of Iraq, insurgents pose a persistent threat.
Nearly 300 American soldiers and an Iraqi army unit, backed up by armored vehicles and air support, recently launched an operation to clear a farming community north of Baghdad of al-Qaida fighters and their weapons.
The Army unit's offensive in the village along the Tigris River highlights new efforts to secure rural Iraq.
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