FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, June 3, 2008
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(Reuters) – Following are security developments in Iraq at 1530 GMT (11:30 a.m. EDT) on Tuesday:

*denotes new or updated item

*BAGHDAD -Iraqi security forces and multinational soldiers killed four militants in operations on Monday, the U.S. military said.

KIRKUK – A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi police patrol in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, wounding six policemen, police said.

KIRKUK – A roadside bomb wounded two people driving a farming vehicle in Riyadh district, southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said they captured two men with suspected ties to al-Qaeda and detained another five believed to have links to militant groups in Mosul and Tikrit.

KUT – Coalition forces captured a “special groups” leader and five associates in Kut, 150 (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, said the U.S. military. “Special Groups” is a term the U.S. military uses to describe rogue elements of Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s militia it says are backed by Iran.

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