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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 21

June 21 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Wednesday as of 0930 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.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped and killed Khamis al-Obaidi, one of Saddam Hussein's chief defence lawyers and then dumped his bullet-riddled body in a street, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two people were killed and six wounded when a car bomb exploded in a crowded market in the Shi'ite district of Sadr city in eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Iraqi and U.S. forces captured Noori Abu Hayder al-Oqabi, described as a high-level insurgent responsible for many kidnappings and killings, during a raid in Baghdad's Shula district, the U.S. military said.

TIKRIT - Gunmen kidnapped three relatives of the deputy governor of Salaheddin province, Qasim al-Barazanchi, on Tuesday, police said.

NEAR TIKRIT - U.S. forces arrested 12 people on Tuesday near Tikrit, the U.S./Iraqi Joint Coordination Centre said, without giving further details.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed the imam of a Sunni mosque on Monday in his house in Shula district, the Association of Muslim Scholars said in a statement. Gunmen also killed a high school teacher in the same neighbourhood, the association added.

BASRA - The deputy chief of the Sunni Endowment religious organisation in Basra was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near his car on Tuesday, the association said.
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