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17 Aug, 2010 18:37

The troops in Iraq are simply being renamed – activist

At least 60 people were killed and over a hundred wounded by a suicide bomber in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Iraqi authorities say Al Qaeda was behind the attack.

The blast happened close to where a thousand people had gathered near an army recruitment center.

The attack was one of the bloodiest this year. It comes just two weeks before the US starts a withdrawal from Iraq, leaving behind 50,000 troops to train local forces.

Iraq has been trying to build up its own security forces ahead of the American pullout.

But Carol Turner from the Stop the War Coalition says there's no actual combat troop pullout anyway.

“The reality is that the US has not built security in Iraq, but instead destroyed the little security that existed before,” Turner told RT. “The troops that exist are being renamed, and instead of being called combat troops they are referred to as trainers, support forces. But they are the same people with a different name.”