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Published:February 19th, 2007 06:34 EST
Violence, progress mark 2006 in Iraq

Violence, progress mark 2006 in Iraq

By SOP newswire

The year 2006 was a complex time, marked in Iraq by violence, often of the sectarian variety, but also by progress.

The past year was one of inclusiveness, as Iraq’s elected government functioned with representatives from nearly every sect and tribe. The year also saw major strides in security operations, as Iraqi Security Forces took the lead in law enforcement and anti-insurgent activity.

Iraqis and their Coalition partners faced several challenges during the transformation from decades of dictatorship to a democratic government.