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Monday, June 19, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 19

June 19 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Monday as of 1200 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.

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* NAJAF - One person was killed and five wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Kifil town near the Shi'ite city of Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A suicide car bomber killed four civilians and wounded 10 when he detonated his vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in central Baghdad, police said.

KERBALA - Gunmen killed a senior police officer and wounded two of his bodyguards in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala, 110 km (68 miles) southwest of Baghdad.

RAMADI - U.S. troops backed by tanks, helicopters and warplanes continued a security crackdown in the Sunni Arab stronghold of Ramadi.


* BAGHDAD - Iraqi prosecutors called for the death sentence to be imposed on Saddam Hussein, his half brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan for their alleged roles in the killings of 148 Shi'ites in the 1980s.

* BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said Iraqi forces would take charge of security in the southern province of Muthanna next month, where the British oversee a multinational contingent including Japanese and Australian troops.

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