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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Developments in Iraq on June 7

June 7 (Reuters) - The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Wednesday as of 0745 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.

But it has so far failed to name new interior and defence ministers critical to restoring stability.


BAGHDAD - Thirteen out of some 50 Iraqi transport workers who were abducted earlier this week were found alive but some showed signs of torture and had been shot in the foot, police sources said.

BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed when a roadside bomb struck his convoy in Baghdad on June 5, U.S. military said in a statement on Wednesday.

BAGHDAD - Two police officers were killed and two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in eastern Baghdad, police sources said, naming the dead as Colonel Hussain Ali and his aide Major Sami Hassan.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen in a car shot dead four policemen and wounded another in an attack on their patrol in Baghdad on Wednesday, police sources said.

HAWIJA - Gunmen killed a Sunni mosque preacher in the town of Hawija, 60 km (40 miles) southwest of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Tuesday night, police said.

BAGHDAD - Police found five bodies, two of them women, in different parts of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - A mortar round landed on a house, killed a man and wounded his son in eastern Baghdad, police said.


BAGHDAD - Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema said during a visit to Baghdad that he believes Italian troops will return home from Iraq by the end of this year.

BAGHDAD - Nearly 600 prisoners were released in Iraq, state television reported, a day after new Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said a total of 2,500 would be freed to help foster "national reconciliation". More than 100 of them were released in the capital, a Reuters reporter said.
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