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Iraqi militia leaders expected to return

Aug. 19, 2008 at 3:25 PM

BAGHDAD, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- U.S. military leaders in Iraq say they are prepared for the return of militia leaders who fled to Iran for training and equipment.

Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the second ranking U.S. commander in Iraq, said these insurgent leaders would find the going tougher due to security improvements in their former stronghold areas, reported al-Sumaria Tuesday.

The publication noted that Iraqi army forces trained with U.S. tank forces during a live fire exercise Sunday. The exercise was conducted on the outskirts of Baghdad at the Besmaya combat training center as part of efforts to upgrade fighting capabilities of the Iraqi forces. It was attended by senior U.S. and Iraqi military officials.

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