Bomb kills 32 in Iraq as U.S. troops leave…

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Hours after U.S. troops handed over control of Iraq’s cities to its domestic security forces, a car bomb in the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100 on Tuesday, police said.

The blast tore through a busy market in a largely Kurdish part of the city, which is regarded as a potential flashpoint between ethnic Kurds, Arabs and Turkmen.

The U.S. pullback to rural bases from towns and cities is the first step toward a full U.S. withdrawal by 2012 agreed under a bilateral security pact.

Some Iraqis fear it leaves them open to attack by insurgent groups but many Iraqis celebrated what the government named “National Sovereignty Day,” more than six years after the U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.
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