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Police Raid Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce

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Police Raid Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce

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Police Raid Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce

Police Raid Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce

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In Baghdad, uniformed gunmen in 10 Iraqi police vehicles pulled up to the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce, raided the building and took 10 employees away. Sources at Iraq's Ministry of Interior tell NPR this was an operation carried out by members of the country's elite special police brigade, but could not confirm they were acting under orders.

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In Baghdad today, uniformed gunmen in ten Iraqi Police vehicles pulled up to the Iraqi-American Chamber of Commerce, raided the building and took ten employees away.

Sources at Iraq's Ministry of Interior tell NPR this was an operation carried out by member of the country's elite special police brigade, but could not confirm they were acting under orders, which means the ten employees may possibly have been kidnapped.

Also today, gunmen opened fire on street sweepers in Baghdad, killing one and injuring two. And a senior intelligence official was killed in a drive-by shooting.

The escalating violence across Iraq could force changes in Iraq's cabinet. There are growing calls for the interior minister to be replaced because of deteriorating security mostly blamed on sectarian conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, and crimes being committed by Iraqi police who fall under the interior minister's control.

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