New Zealand contributed a small contingent of army engineers for reconstruction and humanitarian work in Iraq, and there have been unconfirmed reports that Special Air Service troop deployments occurred in non-combat roles.
A car bomb has exploded at an open-air market crowded with shoppers in a Shiite town northeast of Baghdad, killing 23 people and wounding more than 50, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.
Insurgents bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at voters in Iraq on Sunday (local time), killing 36 people in attacks aimed at intimidating those taking part in an election that will determine whether the country can overcome the sectarian divisions that have plagued it since the 2003 US-led invasion.
A string of deadly blasts shattered an early round of voting in Iraq, killing 17 people and highlighting the fragile nature of the country's security gains ahead of crucial parliamentary elections this Sunday.
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush in Baghdad last year had a taste of his own medicine today when he nearly got beaned by a shoe thrower at a news conference in Paris.