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US Military: Airstrike North of Baghdad Kills 6 Insurgents

21 July 2007

The U.S. military says six insurgents were killed and another five were wounded in an overnight airstrike north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

A statement Saturday says the airstrike began after gunmen fired on U.S. forces in the town of Husseiniyah.

Separately, the U.S.-led forces said Iraqi and coalition troops detained an un-named Iraqi politician who allegedly has links to al-Qaida. A statement said Iraqi soldiers raided a residence Friday to capture a council member in the city of As-Sadiyah.

The detainee, who the military says was once a mayor, is allegedly linked to kidnappings, murders and extortion in Diyala province.

The Iraqi troops were advised by U.S. Special Operations Forces.

Also Saturday, the Iraqi army said troops killed five militants and detained more than 40 in an operation in eastern Diyala province, near the Iranian border.

And, south of the capital, Iraqi police Saturday, say a car bomb killed at least one person and wounded several others.

Elsewhere, in eastern Baghdad, police say two people were killed and at least four were wounded in a mortar attack.

Separately, in a Shi'ite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad today, Iraqi police say insurgents bombed a minibus, killing five people and wounding 11 others.

And, the U.S. military says coalition forces detained 14 suspected terrorists today in central and western Iraq.

Military officials say the raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq networks took place around Taji, Fallujah and Balad.

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

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