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Nuri al-Maliki (file photo) (epa) July 6, 2006 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed today to clean up the 160,000-strong force charged with protecting the country's facilities and infrastructure from the influence of criminals and militias.


Al-Maliki said the Facilities Protection Service has proven "ineffectual and impotent" in preventing attacks that have crippled the country's infrastructure.


Maliki promised more protection to public institutions and other measures necessary to improve the security situation.


(AFP)

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