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Pentagon Extends Deployment of Troops in Iraq

A U.S. soldier is killed when a bomb explodes near a convoy outside Baghdad. The Pentagon says continuing attacks in Iraq require that current troops remain in the country until at least September if U.S. or international replacement troops cannot be found. Along the Iraqi-Syrian border, anti-American sentiment grows. Hear NPR's Tom Gjelten and Dexter Filkins of The New York Times.

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Tom Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.