Baquba: A little too tense to be truce

Inter Press Service By Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail* BAQUBA, Apr 8 (IPS) - As violence continues in Baghdad and southern Iraq, it seems quiet on the surface in Baquba, the volatile city 40km north of Baghdad. But few believe truce between the U.S.-backed Awakening Groups and the government security forces can last.

The Awakening Groups, known locally as the Sahwa, were formed to battle al-Qaeda. Members are paid 300 dollars a month by occupation forces, and now number over 80,000 across Iraq. The . . .

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