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A counterinsurgency operation nears end in Iraq, aide says

A counterinsurgency operation, launched six weeks ago, is close to completion, and three missions will follow, a top Iraqi official said yesterday. The effort, known as Operation Lightning, began on May 28 with 40,000 police officers and soldiers, who erected hundreds of checkpoints and conducted dozens of raids in the Baghdad area. Forty-one people have been reported killed in skirmishes and almost 1,700 suspected insurgents have been detained in Operation Lightning activities, said the official, Bayan Jabr, who is Iraq’s interior minister. Full Story

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