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At Least 21 Killed In Baghdad


http://gdb.rferl.org/945545E1-7DFF-41DE-9F05-1F8BC3335B72_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/945545E1-7DFF-41DE-9F05-1F8BC3335B72_mw800_mh600.jpg A British soldier patrolling in Al-Basrah (file photo) (epa) November 7, 2006 -- Two mortar shells slammed into a coffee shop in a Shi'ite neighborhood of Baghdad today, killing at least 14 people and wounding 16 others.


Police said the attack appeared to have been in response to mortar fire on a Sunni neighborhood earlier on November 7 that killed seven people and wounded 25.


In violence in the south of the country, a British soldier was killed when his base in the southern Iraqi city of Al-Basrah came under small-arms fire on November 6.


Britain has 7,000 troops in southern Iraq, which has seen less violence than the center and north of the country.


(AP, Reuters)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)


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