FACTBOX-Security developments in Iraq, Oct 27

Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:35pm EDT

Oct 27 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1620 GMT on Saturday.

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* THARTHAR - Fifteen decomposed bodies have been found by Iraqi security forces searching for al Qaeda fighters in the Tharthar area north of Baghdad, police said.

* MOSUL - Gunmen killed Khalid Fathi, a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party, and three others who tried to retrieve his body in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces said they killed two Shi'ite militiamen, including one wearing a suicide vest, during a raid north of Baghdad to capture a rogue leader of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.

SALAHUDDIN PROVINCE - One U.S. soldier was killed by small arms fire during operations in Salahuddin province north of Baghdad, on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

SUWAYRA - Two bodies with gunshot wounds and signs of torture were recoverd from the Tigris River in Suwayra, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

KUT - Gunmen killed a policeman in a drive-by shooting in central Kut, 170 km (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad, police said.

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