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Maysan: Increased Security on Car Bomb Intel
Checkpoints and Auto Bans as Police, Army Forces Fan Out
06/24/2009 5:53 PM ET
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Iraqi forces in the southern province of Maysan have intensified their deployment in the last week after obtaining intelligence that suggests that car bombers have infiltrated the province. A security source told Slogger that Iraqi police were responding to a report that four cars were reported to have entered the province on Monday morning of last week.

Iraqi Army and Police forces “have increased the heaviness of their deployment,” the source said, adding that security measures put in place in response to the alert included searches at provincial borders, increased patrols in busy areas, as well as blocking vehicle traffic altogether in some main streets of central Amara, including Baghdad Street and Tigris (Dijla) Street in the city center.”

Meanwhile, Maysan’s Governor Muhammad al-Sudani announced that local security officials have moved to impose further controls over the provincial border with Dhi Qar Province to the west after a bombing attack in that province that killed dozens earlier in the month. Security moves included installing heavier checkpoints on the provincial borders with Dhi Qar Province, as well as increased patrols along the provincial frontier, the governor added. Members of IraqSlogger’s network of Iraqi staff in Maysan contributed to this report but choose to remain anonymous for security reasons.


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