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Iranian-Made Missiles Found Among Massive Cache in House
06/18/2009 7:46 PM ET
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Iraqi forces seized three and one-half tons of weapons and explosives, including 27 Iranian-made missiles from a house in Wasit Province, southeast of Baghdad, according to reports in Arabic.

The weapons were uncovered during raiding and inspection operations in the provincial capital of Kut, al-Malaf Press writes.

The commander of the Iraqi Interior Ministry's rapid response force in Wasit Province, Col. Aziz al-Amara, told the agency that Iraqi forces found the weapons and explosives in a residence located in the al-Shuhada neighborhood of Kut, located in the north of the city.

The raid came following “precise intelligence information” regarding the location of the weapons, the officer said.

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New Uniforms, and New Checkpoints, in Southern City
By SLOGGER NETWORK 05/21/2009 7:19 PM ET
Sporting new uniforms, Iraqi forces made a visible heavy deployment in the southern city of Diwaniya on Sunday, locals told Slogger.

Eyewitnesses in Diwaniya said that Iraqi security forces, sporting new black uniforms, had deployed in force throughout the city on Sunday. Locals added that the forces installed new checkpoints throughout the city at which Iraqi troops were inspecting all traffic. Diwaniya residents added that there was no popular explanation for the show of force, but that rumors were circulating in the city that the deployment might be related to Iraqi forces finding a weapons cache in the Corniche area of the city center earlier.

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Reports Circulate of Troops Beating Women in Raid; New Hospital for Amara
By SLOGGER NETWORK 05/14/2009 9:17 PM ET
A raid on a house in the southern Iraqi city of Amara on Tuesday has become a flashpoint for the mistrust of local residents with the Iraqi security forces, according to local residents.

A detachment from the Maysan Province rapid response force known as the Sa'id Sadiq forces raided a house in the al-Mu'alamin district of Amara, the provincial capital on Monday. Accounts attributed to eyewitnesses are circulating in the city, reporting that the troops beat the inhabitants of the house, including the women that were present at the time, sparking outrage among Amara’s denizens.

Anti-bomb bots

Meanwhile, Iraqi forces in the province have received high-tech robotic equipment to deactivate IEDs and unexploded ordinance, a local security source told Slogger. According to the source, the robot is the first of its kind in the province, and is outfitted with cameras and remote-controlled arms that allow its operator to defuse explosive devices from afar.

New hospitals

Finally, health officials in the province have announced that they will construct ten new hospitals in the governorate. Construction began on one 400-bed facility in central Amara on Monday, in a $150 million contract with a Turkish company. Works are due to be completed in two years’ time.

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

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Province's Anti-Explosives Chief
By SLOGGER NETWORK 03/20/2009 4:58 PM ET
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Iraqi counter-explosives units in Salah al-Din province north of Baghdad have received high-tech machinery designed to detect and destroy bombs safely, according to the officer in charge of the anti-bomb forces.

Col. Abd al-Hadi Salih Muhammad said that the devices that arrived this week to the unit headquarters in Tikrit, the provincial capital, included robots designed to deal specifically with bombs, electronic and chemical bomb “sniffers,” and other scanners.

“These state-of-the-art devices will help us to fulfill our role and to intervene in any emergency,” the colonel added.

Col. Salih thanked Gen. Jihad al-Jabiri, the general director of counter-explosives in all of Iraq, for directing the machinery to the restive province, adding that “the former provincial council of Salah al-Din provided no support to us.”

“Now that our directorate has received this support and interest, we are ready to protect the lives of citizens, which is our first priority,” he said, adding that he hoped that the newly elected provincial council in Tikrit would “take a special interest in our important work to preserve safety and security in the province.”

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

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Gunmen in White Peugeot Fire on Iraqi Officer; Raid Nets Cache in Gayyara
03/10/2009 7:31 PM ET
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A security source told IraqSlogger that a forensic investigation into the shooting death of an Iraqi officer a week ago has concluded that the same weapon was used in the attack as in an attempt on a Baghdad municipality employee

Unknown gunmen in a white Peugeot used a firearm fitted with a silencer last Wednesday to assassinate an Iraqi Interior Ministry officer known as Col. Salam, security sources told Slogger. The attack occurred in the Battawiyin area of central Baghdad, east of the Tigris River, near the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education.

Investigations have surmised that the attackers used the same weapon that was used in an earlier attack, an assassination attempt that threatened the life of a Baghdad municipal director earlier this year. Security sources say that eyewitness accounts also report that the same vehicle may also have been used in the two attacks.

Security sources also told IraqSlogger that on the same day, a raid by Iraqi forces in the Gayyara area of Sadr City found a cache of weapons, bombs, and ammunition in a raid prompted by an attempt to arrest a suspect wanted in an earlier murder of a member of the locally organized Sahwa forces in eastern Baghdad.

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