Obama warns of increased violence in Iraq

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WASHINGTONPresident Obama Friday warned of rising violence as U.S. troops pull out of Iraqi cities and urged Baghdad to do more to end strife with ethnic and religious factions.Reacting to bombings that have killed more than 200 this week, Obama said, "I think there’s still some work to do" as American forces face Tuesday’s urban withdrawal deadline.

     

The government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "is not only going to have to continue to strengthen its security forces, but it’s also going to have to engage in the kind of political give and take leading up the national elections [in January]," he said.

"There will continue to be incidents of violence inside of Iraq for some time," Obama said, but "they are at a much, much lower level than they were in the past."

In Baghdad, a bomb ripped through the city’s main motorcycle market, killing at least 13 people, and followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blamed the U.S. and burned American flags.

Sadr aide Salman al-Fraiji said the U.S. was using the attacks as "pretexts to stay in our holy land."

At a White House news conference, Obama said that security requires political compromise.

"I haven’t seen as much political progress in Iraq – negotiations between the Sunni, the Shia and the Kurds – as I would like to see," Obama said.

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