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12,000 U.S. Troops Return from Iraq

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As Iraqis work to form a new Cabinet nearly three months after historic elections, U.S. troops specially assigned to protect voters have now all returned home.

The U.S. military command said on Friday the 12-thousand troops who were specially deployed to Iraq or had their tours extended for the January 30th election have all left the country. The military says there are now about 138-thousand American troops in Iraq. In addition there are about 22-thousand troops from 27 coalition countries. In other developments, the military command says a detainee at a U.S.-run prison camp in southern Iraq was killed Thursday in a fight among detainees. In Baghdad, insurgents detonated two roadside bombs, killing at least two people and injuring eight others. And the US military reports two Marines have been killed in action since Wednesday.

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