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BAGHDAD IRAQ 15 AUGUST 2010: Ice merchant Mustafa chopping a block from his road side storage to sell to passing motorists. The summer temperatures have been a regular 49 degrees for weeks on end and with electrical cuts a daily problem , ice blocks are a big selling item. Iraq is preparing after US President Barack Obama has confirmed the end of all combat operations in the country by 31 August..Some 50,000 of 65,000 US troops currently in Iraq are set to remain until the end of 2011 to advise Iraqi forces and protect US interests.The remaining 50,000 troops will stay in the country in order to train Iraqi security forces, conduct counterterrorism operations and provide civilians with ongoing security, said Mr Obama..An agreement negotiated with the Iraqis in 2008 states that these troops must be gone from the country by the end of next year. pic Graham Crouch