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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Security developments in Iraq, Nov 26

Nov 26 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq as of 1200 GMT on Saturday.

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* HAQLANIYA - U.S. forces said they found 11 bodies near the town of Haqlaniya, west of Baghdad. A U.S. statement said the 10 men and one youth died from gunshots and a burned-out van was found close to the bodies.

* DIYALA PROVINCE - A U.S. soldier was killed and two more wounded when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, on Saturday, the military said.

* AZIZIYA - Clashes between insurgents and police on Saturday killed two people and wounded eight more in Aziziya, a town southeast of Baghdad, police said.

CAMP BUCCA - The U.S. military said a detainee died on Saturday at Camp Bucca, in southern Iraq, of what appeared to be natural causes. The statement said the man had complained of chest pains and was under medical care when he died.

HASWA - A car bomb killed five people and wounded 23 in a crowded market in Haswa, a small town 50 km (30 miles) south of Baghdad, an interior ministry source said. Police in the regional capital Hilla said six or seven were killed and up to 27 wounded.

RAMADI - The U.S. military said it launched air strikes and fired artillery to help a tribe in western Anbar after an attack by al Qaeda. "Al Qaeda burned homes and killed members of the tribe using small arms fire and mortars," the military said in a statement, adding it had no casualty figures.

Sattar al-Buzayi, head of the Anbar Salvation Council, an umbrella group of tribes in Anbar, said tribal fighters had raided an al Qaeda stronghold and killed 55 militants and arrested 25. He said nine tribal fighters were killed.

BASRA - Three men and one woman were shot by gunmen who attacked their car at a road junction in central Basra, a police official said.

MOSUL - An office worker for Iraqiya state television in the northern city of Mosul was killed by gunmen on her doorstep, police said.

FALLUJA - Two U.S. marines died on Saturday from wounds sustained in combat in Iraq's western Anbar province, the U.S. military said. One of them was killed when a suicide car bomber attacked a checkpoint in Khaldiya, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Baghdad, killing three Iraqi civilians, including two children. Nine civilians were also wounded.

BAQUBA - The U.S. military said its forces killed four suspected insurgents linked to al Qaeda in Iraq and detained 11 more during a raid near Baquba, north of Baghdad. "One of the (detained) terrorists was hiding in a house dressed as a woman, pretending to nurse a baby," the statement said.

MAHAWEEL - Two members of the local town council were dragged from their car and killed by gunmen in Mahaweel, 75 km (50 miles) south of Baghdad, on Saturday night, police said.

BAGHDAD - Baghdad was under a vehicle curfew for the third day. It was imposed after Thursday's bombings in the Shi'ite stronghold of Sadr City that killed 202 people.
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