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Iraq Attacks Hamper Reconstruction Efforts

Unidentified gunmen open fire at a checkpoint in western Iraq, killing a U.S. soldier. The incident, along with daily skirmishes between U.S. forces and Iraqis, threatens efforts to build an infrastructure and increase security in Iraq. And the U.S. administration struggles to create an interim Iraqi political council. Hear NPR's Deborah Amos.

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Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.