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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 17

June 17 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Saturday as of 1030 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 tens of thousands of people since U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003.

Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

* BAGHDAD - A bomb on a minibus killed four people and wounded 14 in eastern Baghdad, a police source said.

* BAGHDAD - A car bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four people, including three police commandos, in eastern Baghdad, police said.

MAHMUDIYA - A car bomb targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint killed seven people and wounded 15 in Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of the capital, police said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb targeting Iraqi army and police forces in Baghdad killed 11 people, including an Iraqi soldier, and wounded 15, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - Mortar rounds slammed into a crowded market in the northern Shi'ite Kadhimiya district of Baghdad, killing two people and wounding another 14, police said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb exploded in a crowded market in central Baghdad, killing six people and wounding 11, police said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb exploded near Iraq's National Theatre in central Baghdad, killing one person and wounding five, police said.

YUSUFIYA - U.S. forces were searching for two U.S. soldiers who went missing after an attack on Friday in which one American soldier was killed in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Yusufiya in the "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad.

DAGHARA - Gunmen killed the deputy chief of the municipal council of the small town of Daghara and his two sons, about 180 km (112 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. The killing of Rasim Moussa took place near his house on Friday night.

MAHAWEEL - Gunmen in a car shot dead a civilian near his house on Friday in the town of Mahaweel, 75 km (45 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.


* WASHINGTON - The military has loosened the conditions under which it is confining seven Marines and a Navy corpsman as it investigates the fatal shooting of an Iraqi civilian in April, the U.S. Marine Corps said on Friday.
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