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Senior Iraqi Police Officer Assassinated In Baghdad

26 December 2004 -- A high-ranking Iraqi police officer was shot and killed today in southwestern Baghdad.

Police say Colonel Yassin Ibrahim Jawad was heading to work when masked gunmen attacked his car in Baghdad's neighborhood of Al-Baya.

Elsewhere in Iraq, the U.S. military says two insurgents with links to Jordanian-born militant Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi were seized during a sweep earlier this month in Al-Ramadi. The insurgents were said to be leaders of a cell blamed for the killing of 11 Iraqi National Guardsmen and for several lethal bomb attacks in recent months.

Meanwhile, at least three Iraqis were killed in a car bombing between the Shi'a holy cities of Al-Najaf and Karbala. Officials say the bomb appeared to have been aimed at a U.S. military convoy, which escaped unharmed.

(compiled from wire reports)

[For the latest news on Iraq, see RFE/RL's webpage on "The New Iraq".]