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Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Iraq to preside over change-of-command ceremonies, saying there will be a further narrowing of the sectors where US forces are engaged. But terrorists sought to overshadow his presence by exploding two car bombs in Baghdad, killing at least 12 people. In Tuesday's ceremony, Gen. David Petraeus will turn over control of US troops to Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno.

Saying, "We've arrived at a gridlock," the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has blocked every effort to investigate its alleged nuclear arms development efforts. The report concludes that Iran now has one-third of the enriched uranium needed to form the core of a bomb. In response, the Islamic republic said "constructive interaction" with the IAEA would continue but that the latter "needs to adopt a logical approach based on evidence."


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