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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Developments in Iraq on July 13

July 13 (Reuters) - The following are security developments in Iraq on Thursday as of 1230 GMT.

*BAGHDAD - A U.S. Apache helicopter crashed in a dangerous area southwest of Baghdad. Its two crew survived and were taken to a medical facility for treatment. The cause of the crash is unknown, the U.S. military said.

*KIRKUK - A suicide bomber rammed his car into a police patrol, killing three people and wounding eight, including Kurdish security forces, in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

*BAQUBA - Gunmen attacked a police patrol, killing a police officer and wounding another in the religiously mixed city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

*BAGHDAD - Three mortar rounds landed in the Shi'ite district of Shula, wounding two people, police said.

*BAGHDAD - Five policemen were wounded when clashes erupted between gunmen and policemen in the western Sunni Ghazaliya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

ABI SAIDA - A suicide bomber blew himself up in the city council of the town of Abi Saida, 80 km (60 miles) north of Baghdad, killing six people and wounding three, including the head of the city council, police said.

NEAR MUQDADIYA - The bodies of three brothers were found shot dead near the town of Muqdadiya, 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said. They had been seized from their home a day earlier, police added.

AL-ABASI - Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and three wounded when gunmen attacked a checkpoint at the entrance of al-Abasi, a small town 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

MOSUL - Five Iraqi soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL - Gunmen killed a policeman in the city of Mosul, police said.


SAMAWA - Iraq formally took over security of southern Muthanna province from British-led troops, the first outside the peaceful Kurdish region to be handed over to Iraqi control since the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.

BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein and three co-defendants in his trial on crimes against humanity entered the sixth day of a hunger strike. A U.S. official said Saddam was in good health and taking fluids.
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