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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 22

June 22 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Thursday as of 0830 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 - Saddam Hussein has gone on a hunger strike to protest the killing of one of his main lawyers, the U.S. military said, and defence counsel said it was considering boycotting the trial.

BAQUBA - The governor of Iraq's restless Diyala province was wounded and his driver and bodyguard killed when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Baquba 56 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded in the Alawwi area in central Baghdad, killing two civilians and injuring eight others, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - Fourteen bodies of workers in an electricity plant were found in the city morgue on Tuesday. They were abducted and killed on June 12, the Association of Muslim Scholars said in a statement. There was no immediate confirmation from the police.

NAJAF - Gunmen riding a motorcycle shot dead a police officer in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, police sources said. ANBAR PROVINCE - Four U.S. soldiers were killed on Tuesday in two separate attacks in Iraq's western Anbar province, the U.S. military said.

DHULUIYA - Gunmen killed an Iraqi soldier in his home in Dhuluiya, 40 km (25 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

HAWIJA - Gunmen killed a carpenter on Wednesday in Hawija, 70 km (43 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

KIRKUK - Iraqi soldiers killed a gunman and arrested two on Wednesday after coming under attack in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.
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