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Iraqi leader celebrates US withdrawal as new dawn

Iraq's prime minister hailed the end of the American military presence in Iraq as a new dawn for his country and urged Iraqis to preserve the unity of a nation still under attack by insurgents and beset by sectarian divisions.Full story

Bombs kill 51 along Iraq pilgrim route

Three suicide car bombers struck Shiite pilgrims south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 51 people and wounding more than 180 in a third straight day of attacks across Iraq. Full story

Biden meets with Iraqi leaders, discusses drawdown

  After nine months of deadlock, there is a new Iraqi government, one in which Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki—one of the chief enemies of the U.S. military—will play an integral role. NBC's Stephanie Gosk reports.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki listens to a question during an interview in Baghdad on February 5, 2011. Maliki has pledged to halve his salary in a move that appears aimed at placating frustrations over mounting inequality and poor basic services, as protests rage around the Middle East. AFP P