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America at a Crossroads: Gangs of Iraq

Day after day scores of bodies litter the streets of Baghdad. To staunch the violence, the U.S. has poured billions into standing up Iraq's security forces. FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith takes a hard look at how the four-year training effort has fared and how these forces have themselves been infiltrated by various sectarian militias. It remains to be seen if America can build a truly national Iraqi army and police in the midst of a civil war.

Executive producer: Sherry Jones, Washington Media Associates and David Fanning, WGBH
Producer: Marcela Gaviria, RAIN Media
Airdate: April 17, 2007 at 9 p.m. Check local listings.

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Iraqi police stand guard near the Iman Ali shrine in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf.

Credit: © Mohamed Messara/epa/Corbis