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FACTBOX: Security developments in Iraq, Feb 4

(Reuters) - Following are security developments in Iraq at 1200 EST on Monday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* KHALIS - U.S. forces killed 15 militants and detained eight other suspects in an operation on Sunday to target a suspected al Qaeda meeting place northeast of Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

* MOSUL - Gunmen killed three policemen in two separate drive-by shootings in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

* KIRKUK - A roadside bomb aimed at a police patrol wounded two civilians in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

SALMAN PAK - Iraqi and U.S. forces killed seven gunmen, wounded another one and arrested 28 suspects during air assaults targeting al Qaeda near Salman Pak, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb killed three soldiers and wounded two others when it struck their vehicle in northern Baghdad’s Adhamiya district, a member of a neighborhood police unit said. Two members of the local police unit were wounded in gunfire which broke out after the blast, he said.

ISKANDARIYA - U.S. forces killed nine Iraqi civilians, including a child, while pursuing al Qaeda fighters near Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, on Saturday, the U.S. military said. Another three people, including two children, were wounded.

BAQUBA - Gunmen killed the driver of a minibus and a girl in a drive by-shooting near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The girl’s brother was wounded.

BAGHDAD - One U.S. soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle east of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Two people were wounded by a roadside bomb planted under their car in northwestern Baghdad’s Hurriya district, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two policemen were wounded by a roadside bomb southwest of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen killed a foreign ministry official in a drive-by shooting in western Baghdad’s Mansour district, police said.

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