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Petraeus told Reuters this month he had been concerned about the abuses and raised the issue with the Iraqi government and Gen. George Casey, then head of the U.S. military in Iraq.Casey said the U.S. military set up a unit to monitor sectarian violence the month Petraeus left. Other diplomats, Iraqi officials and U.S. military officers say the militias were so deeply embedded in the police and army that extrajudicial killings carried on until late 2007 and only faded out following an intensive U.S. troop buildup led by Petraeus, who had returned to Iraq earlier that year as the U.S. commander.
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