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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 15

June 15 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Thursday as of 1630 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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*BAGHDAD - A car bomb in front of a bakery killed at least three people in Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said. No further information was immediately available about the blast in the southwestern Saydiya district, a religiously mixed part of the capital.

BAQUBA - Gunmen shot dead at least 10 labourers as they were heading to work in the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.

BAQUBA - A woman and her son were severely injured when a bomb exploded in a graveyard in the town of Qara Taba, north of Baquba. Police defused two other bombs planted in the same cemetery, Sirwan Shokor, director of the Qara Taba council, said.

TAL AFAR - Three roadside bombs targeting Iraqi army patrols killed five soldiers and injured other six in the town of Tal Afar, about 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

TIKRIT - Four worshippers were killed and 20 others were injured when gunmen attacked a mosque in the small town of Alam east of Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Bghdad, police sources said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi soldier in the city of Haweeja near the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAQUBA - Gunmen shot dead police Colonel Ali Shakir Mahmoud, director of units protecting oil installations in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad.

BAGHDAD - Security forces have seized al Qaeda in Iraq documents giving key information about the militant group's network and the whereabouts of its leaders, the country's national security adviser said. "We believe this is the beginning of the end of al Qaeda in Iraq," Mowaffaq al-Rubaie told a televised news conference.


BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said it believes the real name of al Qaeda in Iraq's new leader is Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri and that he will replicate the bloody tactics of his slain predecessor.
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