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Tense Calm Prevails as Iraqi Forces Seal Off River Town

BAGHDAD, Oct. 17 -- Police and black-clad Shiite militiamen toting machine guns sealed off the predominantly Shiite city of Balad on Tuesday, guarding against attacks by Sunni insurgents flooding into towns just north of Baghdad, vowing revenge for four days of violence in which dozens of Sunnis...

By Ellen Knickmeyer and Muhanned Saif Aldin

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