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US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province

Iraqi leaders will meet soon to decide about extending US troops' presence beyond 2011-end

US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
An Iraqi child speaks with U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment while on a patrol on July 19, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province Iraq (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
As the deadline for the departure of the remaining American forces in Iraq approaches, Iraqi politicians have agreed to meet in two weeks time in order to give a final decision about extending the US troops' presence beyond the end of the 2011 deadline (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
Violence against foreign troops has recently picked-up with June being the worst month in combat-related deaths for the military in Iraq in more than two years (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
An Iraqi child swims in a canal on July 19, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province Iraq (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
Currently about 46,000 US soldiers remain in Iraq. (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
US soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment speak with the Iraqi Police (IP) on July 19, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province, Iraq (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
A US soldier with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment throws a bottle of water to a group of Iraqis across a canal while on a patrol on July 19, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province Iraq (Getty Images)
US troops continue vigil in Iraq's Babil province
Iraqi children speak with U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment while on a patrol on July 19, 2011 in Iskandariya, Babil Province Iraq (Getty Images)