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August 16, 2006 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

August 16, 2006

Al Sharqiyah TV:

Clashes erupted in eastern Mosul between gunmen and the Iraqi Police, mainly in the areas of Al-Yarmuk, Mosul al-Jadidah, and Al-Ma'ash Market. The initial casualty toll indicates that five gunmen were killed; six others were arrested, in addition to the confiscation of their weapons and vehicles. Consequently, the local authorities blocked the five bridges that connect the city until further notice, the station adds.

A judge and an interrogation officer survived two assassination attempts in Diyala. This comes within a series of violent acts that took place yesterday and this morning, causing the "martyrdom" of five people and the wounding of nine others.

Six guards were wounded yesterday when the motorcade of Capt Salah al-Tamimi, interrogation officer at the Federal Police of Diyala Police Command, was targeted by a barrage of bullets in Al-Wijahiyah, north of Ba'qubah, Al-Sharqiyah reports.

Al-Nasiriyah and Al-Hillah are witnessing massive demonstrations to protest against the attacks against Ayatollah Mahmud al-Hasani's seminary and the arrest of his followers. Mustafa al-Thabiti, spokesperson of Ayatollah Mahamud al-Hasani Office, said that Iraqi and US forces and armed militia members intercepted Al-Hasani's followers while they were on their way from Al-Najaf to Karbala.

Unidentified gunmen assassinated the chief of Bani Asad tribe yesterday in Basra in southern Iraq when they opened fire on his vehicle in the Khamsahmil area, north of Basra, killing him immediately.

Iraqi Police today closed off Karbala city for three days following clashes with the followers of Ayatollah Mahmud al-Hasani, of whom 10 were killed and 300 others were arrested as a result. The closure comes in anticipation of acts of violence as a result of the tension in the governorate after Al-Hasani called on his followers to head for Karabla. - MIDEASTWIRE.COM, Middle East



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