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20 Al-Qaeda Militants Reportedly Killed In Iraq


http://gdb.rferl.org/0171CE0A-C52D-4A0F-BEAB-1BEBDEA5C8AF_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/0171CE0A-C52D-4A0F-BEAB-1BEBDEA5C8AF_mw800_mh600.jpg The wreckage of a car on the site of bomb attack in Baghdad on December 7 (epa) December 8, 2006 -- The U.S. military says its troops today killed 20 suspected Al-Qaeda militants, including two women, during a ground and air operation in central Iraq.


The U.S. military said the assault took place in the province of Salah Al-Din, a Sunni militant stronghold north of Baghdad.


It says U.S. soldiers came under heavy fire while investigating intelligence reports that Al-Qaeda-linked militants were operating in the area.


The statement said U.S. troops later found multiple weapons caches.


In southern Iraq, more than 1,000 British and Danish troops stormed a suburb of Al-Basrah today and arrested five militia leaders accused of carrying out attacks against coalition forces.


A spokesman for the British military said it was the biggest operation of its kind since 2003.


Meanwhile, the U.S. military said one of its soldiers was killed on December 7 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. That raises to 33 the number of American forces who have died in Iraq in the first week of December.


(Reuters, AFP, AP)

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