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A key road in Baqouba has been re-opened, with Iraqi and American officials saying it will help stability in a key city north of Iraq’s capital.

Kharesan Street, which links the northern and southern parts of Baqouba, had been closed after “numerous attacks against civilians, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces in the area,” a news release issued Tuesday read.

The attacks have been carried out with both roadside bombs and small arms, officials said.

After several other bombs were cleared, the road was ready to open.

“Opening this road helps the people get to the markets and will help the city become stable,” the Diyala police chief, Gen. Ghanem al-Kurashi, said at a ceremony marking the opening of the road.

“We thank the people for cooperating with the Iraqi Police and the Iraqi Army.”

Baqouba has been one focus of U.S. and Iraqi troops chasing Sunni insurgents believed to have fled Baghdad after the “surge” of U.S. troops.


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