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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said the government has not seen any major operations along the border.

“There has been intermittent shelling, for instance, attacks, certain violations, minor violations on the border which we have documented and reported back to the Turkish side, but honestly we haven’t seen any major operations along the border,” Mr. Zebari said in a telephone interview.

“We are aware of this Turkish troops buildup on the border and the Iraqi government position has been that we will not accept or tolerate any military incursion into Iraqi territories,” he said.

In other developments in the Iraq war reported yesterday:

{bullet} Twin car bombings struck intersections near Baghdad’s most revered Shi’ite shrine in the Kazimiyah district, killing at least seven persons.

The nearly simultaneous blasts in the Kazimiyah district in northern Baghdad occurred dangerously close to the golden-domed mosque that holds the remains of the Imam Moussa Kadhim, one of the 12 major Shi’ite saints.

{bullet} The military announced that four more U.S. soldiers were killed. The deaths raised to at least 3,498 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

{bullet} A Sunni insurgent group said it has reached a cease-fire with al Qaeda in Iraq.

“This agreement is based on a cease-fire between the two parties that bans all armed acts and all other activities that could cause attrition,” Ibrahim al-Shimmari, spokesman for the Islamic Army in Iraq, told Al Jazeera television.