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Aug 25 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. * denotes a new or updated item.

*BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded four policemen in central Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL – Gunman shot dead a patient in a hospital in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The gunman and a member of the hospital protection force were both wounded in the attack.

SAMARRA – A roadside bomb killed one policeman and wounded another when it struck a police patrol in central Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A bomb attached to a car wounded a municipal official, along with three of his bodyguards, in Baghdad’s central Karrada district, police said. A passerby was also wounded in the attack.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded four civilians in Baghdad’s southeastern district of al-Ameen, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen entered a mosque in Mosul, north of Baghdad, on Monday, wounding a Muslim cleric and a child playing nearby, police said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen burst into the home of a university professor in Abu Ghraib, in Baghdad’s western outskirts, late on Monday, killing the man, police said.

BAGHDAD – Gunmen shot dead a policeman at a checkpoint in Abu Ghraib late on Monday, police said.


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Aug 22 (Reuters) – Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1130 GMT on Saturday:

*Denotes new or updated items.

BAGHLAN – A roadside bomb killed six Afghan police, including a senior officer, in Baghlan province in central Afghanistan on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

* HELMAND – An explosion of a landmine killed six civilians in Helmand province in the south on Friday, the interior ministry said.

NANGARHAR – A Taliban fighter killed two police before he was shot dead in an attack on a police post on the outskirts of Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar in the east on Friday, a security official said.

(Compiled by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by Matthew Jones) (For more Reuters coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan, see: http:/www.reuters.com/news/globalcoverage/afghanistanpakistan)


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Aug 20 (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier stationed at FOB Echo in Diwaniya, 150 km (95 miles) south of Baghdad, was killed in combat, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

Following are the latest figures for soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003:


United States 4,332

Britain 179

Other nations 139


Military Between 4,900 and 6,375#

Civilians Between 92,841 and 101,326* (more…)

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BAGHDAD, Aug 19, 2009 (AFP) – Twin truck bombs killed 95 people and wounded almost 600 in Baghdad’s bloodiest day in 18 months on Wednesday, spurring Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to vow a security overhaul.

The explosions came just minutes apart outside government ministries while a car bombing and spate of mortar attacks added to the carnage in the capital, which has been under Iraqi security control since US troops withdrew from towns and cities in the conflict-torn country at the end of June.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met with his security and intelligence officials late Wednesday during which a number of “important decisions and fast measures” were agreed upon to sustain security and stability in Baghdad, his office said in a statement. (more…)

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The Los Angeles Times


Kabul bombing seen as warning to Afghan voters

With the car bombing outside a NATO base in the capital just days before national elections, militants appear to be signaling that they can strike at will, even in heavily guarded areas.

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan – The thunderous explosion Saturday that targeted Western military headquarters in the heart of Kabul carried an ominous message aimed at ordinary Afghans just five days before national elections: Vote at your peril.

The audacious suicide car bombing, which killed at least seven people and injured nearly 100, appeared designed to signal that insurgents can strike at will even in the capital’s most tightly guarded districts.

“The intent here is clear,” said Aziz Rafiee, executive director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum. “To give the impression, as we approach the vote, that measures taken for security by the Afghan government and the international community are fragile.”

President Hamid Karzai, facing a tough challenge in Thursday’s presidential and provincial assembly balloting, declared that “enemies of Afghanistan . . . are trying to create fear among the people as we get close to the election.” He predicted that people would defy the Taliban’s campaign of intimidation and go to the polls. (more…)

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BAGHDAD — Bombs hidden in plastic bags near a falafel stand exploded at a market in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 21, Iraqi officials said. It was the latest in a series of bombings targeting Shiites and minorities in the capital and northern Iraq.

The U.S. military has said insurgents are trying to re-ignite sectarian bloodshed that pushed the country to the brink of civil war but Shiites so far have shown restraint.

The bags packed with explosives were left among a pile of garbage and exploded shortly before 8 p.m. as the district was crowded with people enjoying the evening.

Several nearby stores were also damaged, according to police and hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information. Five children were among the wounded, they said. (more…)

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A rocket attack in Afghanistan’s south wounded two children Sunday, a reminder of militant violence threatening the country as the presidential election approaches.

The rocket hit a shop in Kandahar city, where the children were working inside, police official Mohammad Jan said. No group immediately claimed responsibility.

The attack came a day after a suicide car bomb killed seven people and wounded 91 outside NATO’s military headquarters in Kabul. The Taliban said it was responsible. (more…)

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