Iraq: Aide to Deputy Prime Minister shot dead as another US Marine dies
The U.S. military said Thursday that another Marine died in Iraq. The latest Marine casualty was in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province 70 miles west of Baghdad. The Marine was killed by small-arms fire Wednesday.
A car bomb also hit members of a Shiite militia in northern Iraq as attacks nationwide killed at least 11 people Thursday. Elsewhere, gunmen attacked an Iraqi army patrol Thursday in Dujail, 50 miles north of Baghdad, killing four Iraqi troops, Brig. Ali Kadhim said.
Two Iraqi soldiers from an elite brigade also were killed in a car bombing near a Shiite shrine in Daquq, 20 miles south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
An aide to Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi was shot dead by gunmen on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said. Haidar Mohammed Ali al-Dujaili, the head of Public Affairs Department of the Iraqi National Congress, was killed by gunmen at his home in southeastern Baghdad at around 5:00 a.m. (0100 GMT), reported Xinhua.
Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces have launched a nationwide operation to protect more than 500 voter registration centers for a planned constitutional referendum and general election, the Interior Minister announced Thursday.
Bayan Jabr said the operation started on Aug. 1 and will go on for a month. As of Wednesday, 544 registration centers opened throughout the country where 16 million voters can register. A referendum on the new constitution is scheduled for Oct. 15.