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Monday, September 04, 2006

Security developments in Iraq, Sept 4

Sept 4 (Reuters) - Following are security and other developments in Iraq reported on Monday, as of 1100 GMT:

Asterisk denotes new or updated item.

ANBAR PROVINCE - Two U.S. Marines were killed in action on Sunday in Iraq's Anbar province, the U.S. military said in a statement.

*BASRA - Three British soldiers were wounded after their convoy was hit by a roadside bomb 15 km (nine miles) north of Basra, British military spokesman Major Charlie Burbridge said.

*NEAR RAMADI - Major General Mohammed al-Fahdawi, a former commander of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Sunday in an area just east of Ramadi, 110 km (68 miles) west of Baghdad, a relative and a hospital source said. He was the third high-ranking officer from Saddam's military to be killed in a week.

*BAGHDAD - Ghanim Khudheyir, 22, striker at the Iraqi Air Force soccer club, was snatched from his home on Thursday by plainclothes gunmen who claimed to be from the Interior Ministry intelligence service, team manager Mohammed Rasoul said. Police offered a different account, saying the kidnapping occurred on Sunday and was carried out by men in camouflage uniforms.

*ABU GHRAIB - Two car bombs exploded in quick succession on Sunday at an Iraqi army checkpoint on a road that links Abu Ghraib and Baghdad, killing or wounding seven Iraqi army soldiers and destroying one military vehicle, Falluja policeman Ammar Abd said.

*BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol exploded near al-Wathiq intersection in Karrada district, central Baghdad, wounding two people, including one policeman, an Interior Ministry source said.


BAGHDAD - A high-level Iraqi government delegation will travel to neighbouring Iran on Tuesday, an Iraqi government aide said. Iranian television said they would prepare for an expected first visit to Tehran by Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
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