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US Air Strike Mistakenly Hits Kurdish Police in Iraq

09 February 2007

The U.S. military says an American airstrike mistakenly hit a Kurdish police position in northern Iraq, killing five policemen in the city of Mosul.

The military said the attack early Friday was intended against suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members. Kurdish officials put the death toll from the airstrike at eight killed and six wounded.

The U.S. military also said an American airstrike has killed at least eight insurgents and destroyed a building south of Baghdad.

A military statement said U.S. ground troops called for air support after coming under heavy fire during a raid in the Arab Jabour area late Thursday.

Britain's Ministry of Defense says a roadside bomb killed one British soldier and wounded three others today in Basra in southern Iraq. Three U.S. soldiers were killed during combat operations in western al-Anbar province on Thursday.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have pledged to crack down on sectarian militias as part of the new Baghdad security operation that began this week.

Iraqi troops on Thursday arrested a senior Iraqi Health Ministry official. U.S. military officials say the man is implicated in sectarian killings and helping the Mahdi Army of radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr infiltrate the Health Ministry.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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