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US, Iraqi Forces Clear Insurgents from Border Town


The U.S. military in Iraq says American and Iraqi forces have finished clearing operations in the western border town of Husaybah, which is believed to be a major entry point for foreign fighters and weapons.

The military said Wednesday that patrols and raids would continue to root out remaining insurgents in the town near the Syrian border.

In other violence, bombing and shooting attacks in Baquba and Baghdad killed at least seven people, including five policemen. The U.S. military also reported the death Tuesday of a Marine in western Iraq.

In a separate development, the murdered lawyer for one of former dictator Saddam Hussein's co-defendents was buried Wednesday. President Jalal Talabani condemned Tuesday's shooting of Adel al-Zubeidi, who represented Iraq's former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan. Mr. Talabani also urged other members of the defense team to accept government protection which they had refused.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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