30 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- News reports say at least 40 people were killed in U.S. air strikes in western Iraq today.
Reuters quotes Iraqi hospital official Mohammed al-Aani in the town of Qaim on the Iraq-Syria border as saying 35 people were killed in one house in the town and 12 were killed in another house.
AFP quotes an unnamed security source as saying as many as 56 people were killed in the attacks.
Earlier, Arabic television stations reported that at least 40 people were killed in the strikes.
The U.S. military says it launched the strikes against suspected Al-Qaeda hideouts near Qaim, killing several Al-Qaeda fighters.
The U.S. military gave no precise casualty figures.