Friday, July 28, 2006

News From Iraq

-One of Iraq's most influential Shiite leaders rejected the use of US forces to stabilize Iraq's security situation, as the Pentagon announced an increase in troop numbers. DETAILS

-But the day, which was planned for late September, would never come for the 21-year-old. Corporal Roos was killed in Ramadi earlier this week when a bomb exploded under his Humvee, his family told 9News on Friday. Delhi Marine Corporal Timothy Roos was waiting for the day he would get to come home from Iraq to see his newborn daughter. DETAILS

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Insurgents have destroyed a small Shiite shrine in Diyala province while a total of 13 Iraqis were killed across the country. At dawn, attackers planted several bombs inside the shrine to a revered Shiite figure Imam Askar between the towns of Balad Ruz and Mandalay, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the provincial seat of Baquba, blowing it to pieces Friday. DETAILS

The following are security and other developments in Iraq on Thursday as of 1130 GMT.

BAQUBA - A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol, wounding two policemen in Baquba 65km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Four mortar round hit a Sunni mosque in Zafaraniya on the southern edge of Baghdad, killing four worshippers and wounding six others, interior ministry sources said.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi army killed nine insurgents and detained another 16 in different parts of Iraq during the last 24 hours, Iraqi army said in a statement.

BAGHDAD - Thirty three insurgents were killed in a daylong battle with Iraqi and U.S. military forces in Mussayab about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad on July 23, a U.S. military statement said on Friday.

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