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US Troops in Iraq to Get New Rules of Engagement


The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says American troops will have to make changes to how they carry out their mission now that the two countries have a new security pact.

In a statement released Friday, General Ray Odierno says the U.S. will issue new rules of engagement for combat troops stationed in Iraq.

He says U.S. forces will still be able to defend themselves, but that the U.S. will have to coordinate and carry out all future operations with Iraqi security forces.

Also Friday, Iraqi Kurds report that Iranian artillery shells landed in the Zhawara district, along the Iranian border. There were no immediate reports of fatalities, or any explanation or confirmation from Iran.

North of Baghdad, three women were killed when a small appliance they found turned out to have been rigged with explosives and blew up when they turned it on.

The blast occurred in Balad Ruz, in Diyala province, one of the last strongholds of insurgents battling U.S. and Iraqi government forces.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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