Iraq announces new security measures

Sept. 15, 2005 at 11:00 AM

BAGHDAD, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Iraqi government said it was implementing a series of new security measures to curb terror attacks which claimed the lives of 150 people Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi told a news conference with Defense Minister Saadoun Dalimi in Baghdad Thursday that the "government is determined to crack down and uproot terrorism from the Iraqi society."

Chalabi did not reveal the new security measures the government intends to apply, but said a ministerial committee will be set up to contact the inhabitants of regions where terrorists are believed to be hiding in order to press them to drive the gunmen out.

Abu Musab Zarqawi, the chief of al-Qaida Organization in Mesopotamia, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attacks and threatened more terrorist action against Iraqi Shiites.

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