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Monday, February 27, 2006

Developments in Iraq, Feb. 27

Feb 27 (Reuters) - The following are security incidents and political developments in Iraq reported on Monday, as of 1300 GMT.

U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a largely Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite- and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.

* Asterisk denotes a new or updated item.

*ISKANDARIYA - Two insurgents were killed and another wounded while they were trying to plant a bomb which exploded prematurely in the main road between Iskandariya and Latifiya, south of Baghdad, police said.

*RIYADH - Three civilians were killed when a roadside bomb exploded in Riyadh town, 60 km (40 miles) south west of Kirkuk, police said.

*BAGHDAD - A mortar attack killed four people and wounded 17 in Shola, a Shi'ite district in Sunni-dominated western Baghdad on Monday, police said.

*BAQUBA - Gunmen shot dead the owner of a glaze shop and an employee and wounded five others in Baquba, 60 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

*KERBALA - Iraqi police arrested three suspects while they were planting bombs near a Shiite Shrine of al-Hur al-Riyahi near Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

FALLUJA - A civilian was killed by Iraqi soldiers while he was heading to his work in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

TUZ KHUMATO - Iraqi police arrested 16 suspects on Saturday and Sunday in Tuz Khurmato, 70 km south of Kirkuk, and Dibis, 40 km (25 miles) northwest of Kirkuk, police said. Two of them were arrested while they were trying to plant bombs near Shiite mosque, police added.

TUZ KHURMATO - The head of the education directorate escaped an assassination attempt when gunmen threw a hand grenade on his office in Tuz Khurmato, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed by small-arms fire on Sunday in central Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.


BAGHDAD - Ordinary traffic movement in Baghdad returned to its relative normality after three days of curfew.

*BAGHDAD - American journalist Jill Carroll is alive and Iraqi authorities are optimistic about her release, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said.
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