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U.S. Says 18 Iraqi Militants Killed, Helicopter Downed


(RFE/RL) February 2, 2007 -- The U.S. military today said its troops have killed at least 18 insurgents in the past two days in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. It also reported that a U.S. Apache helicopter was downed north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers aboard.


The U.S. military added that three more U.S. troops were killed in fighting throughout Iraq.


The military confirmed that a helicopter went down today near Taji, north of Baghdad. It was the fourth such loss in Iraq in two weeks for U.S. forces.


Meanwhile, the city of Al-Najaf is under curfew in the wake of clashes on January 28 between members of a Shi'ite sect and Iraqi and U.S. forces.


(AFP, Reuters, AP)

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