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Monday, June 12, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 12

June 12 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Monday as of 0830 GMT.

The new Shi'ite-led government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed to rein in insurgent and sectarian violence that has killed thousands of people since U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

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*AL HASHEMIYA - U.S. forces killed seven militants with links to senior al Qaeda leaders in a raid near the area where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed last week, the U.S. military said. It said there were several women and children at the scene and that two children had also been killed.

*BAGHDAD, June 12 (Reuters) - Three mortar rounds smashed into a Baghdad neighbourhood, killing four people and wounding 10, police said. No more details were immediately available about the attack in Dora, a mostly Sunni district.

TIKRIT - Gunmen shot dead a policeman north of Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, a joint U.S. and Iraqi police centre said.

BAIJI - Police found the body of an unidentified person who was shot dead in the refinery city of Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad, a joint U.S and Iraqi police centre said.

*BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting a bus carrying industry ministry workers killed six people and wounded 12 others in Baghdad, police sources said.

KIRKUK - A civilian was killed and another two were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in Kirkuk 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead two civilians on the road from Kirkuk to Tikrit, north of Baghdad, police sources said.


*BAGHDAD - Guards at Saddam Hussein's trial forced his co-accused half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti out of the Baghdad courtroom after an argument with the chief judge.

*BAGHDAD - Iraq is considering inviting certain members of insurgent groups to national reconciliation talks, a source in the prime minister's office said..
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