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U.S. hands over detainees to Iraq, with one exception

Missy Ryan reports for Reuters:

U.S. officials in Iraq have handed over to the Iraqi government all detainees in their custody as the Obama administration prepares to withdraw, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, with the exception of one high profile prisoner.

Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman, said the detainee handover had been completed as of Tuesday, with the exception of Ali Mussa Daqduq, who U.S. officials say is an operative for the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

"Since the process began a few years ago, we've been working to complete this transfer safely and securely in a way that wouldn't overburden the Iraqi system," Breasseale said.

"Mr. Daqduq remains in US custody. There are serious and ongoing deliberations about how to handle this individual in order to protect U.S. service members as well as broader US interests," he said.

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9 wounded in car bomb and mortar attack near Kirkuk

AKnews reports:

A car bomb exploded near a health care center in central Hawija, Kirkuk Province.

Immediately after the explosion, six mortar shells were fired at the police station and nearby government offices.

Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qader, police chief in Kirkuk Province, said that there are no reported casualties.

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Basra Council approves the new investment council

AKnews reports:

A board of directors will be formed for the Basra Investment Commission (BIC). The Basra Provincial Council approved candidates for the board on Tuesday.

Council Chairman Sabah al-Bazouni told AKnews that the council endorsed two public sector candidates, Aladdin Tahir Najem and Basil Abbas Ali, and three private sector candidates: Mazen Dakhel Abed al-Zahra, Adel Abdul-Amir Laftah and Majid al-Faisal Silawi.

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Baathists arrest continues

AKnews reports:

The arrests of members of the outlawed Baath Party of later former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein continues: 22 alleged Baathists were arrested in Karbala today.

Security forces said the arrests were a precautionary measure prior to Ashura Day, a Shiite feat in Karbala. The forces claimed having received intelligence information about a planned attack of Baath activists. 10,000 policemen are deployed to secure the area.

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KRG to launch multi-million dollar sanitation programme

AKnews reports:

Kurdistan Regional Government is embarking on a sewage and water supply programme worth $910 million USD (1 billion IQD).

Samir Abdullah, Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, told a press conference today the Goptapa-Chamchamal water project which will supply drinking water for 300,000 people in central Chamchamal. It will cost the regional government 130 billion IQD ($111 million USD).

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GE to open offices in Iraq

Serena Chaudhry reports for Reuters:

General Electric Co (GE.N) is opening its first offices in Iraq, in the cities of Baghdad, Basra and Arbil, part of the largest U.S. conglomerate's effort to boost its presence in the resource-rich Middle East.

The world's largest maker of electric turbines and jet engines plans to hire more than 200 Iraqi citizens over the next three years. GE has already reached deals to sell more than 60 gas turbines to the country and sees opportunities to sell equipment Iraq will need to build up its oil industry.

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UK court backs Iraqis’ bid for inquiry into abuse

The Associated Press reports:

Britain's Court of Appeal on Tuesday backed a bid by more than 100 Iraqi civilians to force a public inquiry into claims they were abused by British troops.

Three appeals judges ordered the government to reconsider its decision not to hold public hearings into allegations of torture and degrading treatment by British soldiers and interrogators in southern Iraq.

The 128 claimants assert they were subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation and other ill-treatment between March 2003 and December 2008 in British-controlled detention facilities.

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Law for ratification of int’l agreements drafted

AKnews reports:

A law which is supposed to regulate the ratification process of international conventions and treaties has been drafted by the Council of Representative's Foreign Affairs Committee.

Committee member Nada Jabbouri said the draft is ready for discussions and approval in the Council.

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IED kills 2 soldiers in Sadr City

AKnews reports:

Two soldiers were killed, another one was injured, when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Sadr City in northern Baghdad this morning.

A police officer who refused to be named said that the soldiers were on patrol with the 11th Army Division.

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IEDs around police officer’s house kill 1, injure 2

AKnews reports:

A police officer in Ramadi, Anbar province, survived a large scale assassination attempt today, while one member of his family was killed and three others were injured.

According to police Lt. Hameed al-Dalimi, insurgents planted several improvised explosive devices around the house of police Maj. Arkan al-Dalimi in central Ramadi.

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