U.S. military upbeat on Baghdad clampdown

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  • Tuesday, 22 Aug 2006

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Violence in Baghdad has declined in the past two weeks and all but ended in some formerly deadly neighbourhoods, the U.S. military said in a cautiously upbeat report on Tuesday on a major security clampdown in the city. 

As Iraqis look to an anxious future, the court trying Saddam Hussein heard voices from the past -- Kurdish villagers accused the ousted president of genocide in poison gas attacks. Another court detained a former minister in the first cabinet after the U.S. invasion as part of a probe into massive corruption. 

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