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Doctor in Anbar Province Was Married to Provincial Council Member
06/29/2009 9:39 PM ET
A “sticky bomb” in Anbar Province has killed a doctor and prominent local leader in the Iraqi Islamic Party in the province, according to a report in Arabic on an Iraqi news website.

INA news writes that the device killed Dr. Khamis Matar al-Dulaimi outside his house, citing its local sources.

INA adds that the victim was a surgeon in Ramadi General Hospital, and leader in the Anbar Province branch of the Iraqi Islamic Party was killed in an explosion of an adhesive device that had been attached to his vehicle as he left his house in the city center headed for work at the hospital. Dulaimi was married to a member of the Anbar Provincial Council, Dr. Fatima al-Rawi, INA adds.

The blast also reportedly injured one of the doctor’s family members who transferred to the hospital for treatment.

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Captian of Amiriyat al-Falluja's Rapid Response Force Perishes in Roadside Blast
06/26/2009 10:19 AM ET
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An IED blast killed a police commander Friday near the town of Amiriyat al-Falluja in Iraq’s western Anbar Province, according to a media report in Arabic.

The police forces in Amiriyat al-Falluja, about 15 miles south of the city of Falluja, have announced that the commander of the emergency response forces in the town was killed in a roadside bomb attack targeting his convoy in the area.

Maj. Yasin Muhammad, the deputy director of Amiriyat al-Falluja Police told al-Malaf Press that an IED had been planted on the side of the road in the al-Fuhaylat village in the Amiriyat al-Faluja area.

The device exploded on the passing patrol of Capt. Rafi’ Adhal, the commander of the Amiriyat al-Falluja sector quick response forces, killing the officer on the spot.

The blast did not lead to any other causalities apart from material damage to the targeted vehicle, , Maj. Muhammad added.

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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. http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/7763/Iraq_Papers_Thu_Oil_Minister_to_be_Replaced_ 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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Police Impose Security Cordon after Blast Targets Councilman Near His Home
06/23/2009 7:57 PM ET
Police in the Iraqi city of Falluja imposed a security cordon in the center of the town after a member of the municipal council in the city was wounded in an IED blast that targeted him near his home, according to reports in Arabic. Three other individuals were also injured in the attack.

The blast occurred Tuesday in central Falluja, in Iraq’s Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

A source in the local council told al-Malaf Press that the IED “was planted in a rubbish bin in the al-Jumhouriya area, in the center of Falluja, near the house of a member of the municipal council, Dr. Ammar Muhammed Jayid.”

The explosion wounded Dr. Jayid and three of his companions as they were exiting the house, the source explained, adding that all four casualties were transferred to the hospital for treatment.

Police imposed a security cordon around the event area searching for the perpetrators of the attack, and as a precaution against other explosive devices, the agency writes in Arabic.

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Stolen Vehicles Used in IED Blasts; Hidden Missile Leaves Militant Childless
By SLOGGER NETWORK 06/17/2009 5:36 PM ET
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Iraqi forces in the province of Salah al-Din, north of Baghdad, conducted raids targeting an auto theft ring whose activities were allegedly providing vehicles for use in bombing attacks in the governorate.

Police in the al-Duz district, about 50 miles east of the provincial capital Tikrit, targeted the four individuals on Thursday who were reportedly selling stolen vehicles to groups linked to the al-Qa'ida in Iraq organization for use in vehicle-mounted bombing attacks.

The raids, which were launched after Iraqi police obtained intelligence information as to the site of the theft ring’s activity, led to the arrest of the four men, who were transferred to the local police headquarters for interrogation. Police also seized three stolen vehicles from the site.

The same day, Iraqi forces in the al-Belaj area, just north of Tikrit, recovered the corpse of a young man. The body bore signs of torture and gunshot wounds to the head and chest, security forces said. Security sources identified the man as Ali Shakir, a local resident, whom locals say may have been targeted for voicing opposition to the armed activities of the al-Qa'ida in Iraq organization in the area.

Also Thursday, a missile exploded in a residence in the al-Nafut area, about 25 miles north of Tikrit, killing two children inside and thereby leaving the parents childless. Security sources say that the missile was in storage inside the house when it detonated, killing an 11-year-old boy and 8-year-old girl. Locals told Slogger that the mother of the children was rendered unconscious in the blast and taken to hospital in Bayji. Security sources told Slogger that the owner of the home was linked to the so-called Islamic State of Iraq organization, and might have been keeping the missile in storage for use in a future IED attack.

Finally, the Salah al-Din governorate council has announced that it will form an independent media center in the provincial capital of Tikrit in order to investigate and publicize the workings of the provincial authorities in a bid to mitigate corruption in local governmental affairs, as well as to publicize the policies of the provincial governorate.

Members of IraqSlogger's network of Iraqi staff in Salah al-Din contributed to this report but choose to remain anonymous for security reasons.

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