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Friday, June 02, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 2

June 2 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Friday as of 1215 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.

Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

* SAMARRA - A roadside bomb killed an Iraqi woman and wounded two Iraqi men as well as two U.S. soldiers west of the city of Samarra on Thursday, the U.S. military said on Friday. A number of suspects were arrested.

SAMAWA - Gunmen shot dead a lawyer in Samawa, 270 km (170 miles) south of Baghdad, his family said. He used to work for British forces as an interpreter but quit several months ago.

BAGHDAD - Two roadside bombs went off in a street market in central Baghdad, killing at least five people and wounding 57, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - One Iraqi soldier was killed and four wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in the western Mansoor district of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in the Mansoor district, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb went off in southeastern Baghdad, killing two people and injuring four, police sources said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen shot dead down Colonel Ziad Tareq, deputy commander of a protection unit in Kirkuk, late on Tuesday in the city 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, an army source said.


BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government will ask the United States to hand over investigative files into allegations that U.S. Marines killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said.

BAGHDAD - Maliki said military force should only be used as a last resort in Ramadi, a western town where the U.S. military says al Qaeda militants have gained ground.
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