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2 Shi'ite Militia Leaders Surrender to US Forces in Iraq

The U.S. military in Iraq says two Shi'ite militia leaders have surrendered to coalition forces during a military operation south of Baghdad.

A statement says coalition troops raided the suspects' homes near the city of Kut Friday. It says one of the men is suspected of smuggling Iranian weapons into Iraq.

The military also says coalition forces have killed four suspected terrorists and detained more than 50 others in operations this week targeting members of al-Qaida in Iraq.

And the military says troops raided al-Qaida bombing networks Friday and Thursday in the northern city of Mosul, Baghdad and in the Tigris River Valley.

In other news, Iraqi police say a suicide bomber believed to be a woman blew herself up outside Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The blast wounded at least two policemen.

On Thursday, the United Arab Emirates announced it hopes to name an ambassador to Iraq in the coming days - the first such move by an Arab country in three years.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan confirmed the move at a press conference Thursday in Baghdad, after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani.

Sheikh Abdullah also said the UAE hopes to open an embassy in Baghdad in the next few weeks.

Some information for this report was provided by  AP and Reuters.

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