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In Baghdad, Gen. Petraeus said, “about 30 percent of the neighborhoods” are areas of “real concern.”

U.S. troops “are now going in much greater force” into areas north and south of Baghdad “in which al Qaeda has had some sanctuary in the past,” Gen. Petraeus said, adding that American forces will also be targeting Diyala province, “an area to which some of the al Qaeda fighters have moved as they have been pushed out of Anbar and out of some of the Baghdad neighborhoods.”