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Military Says US, Iraqi Forces Killed 30 Terrorists in Sadr City

08 August 2007

The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have killed 30 terrorists in raids in Baghdad's Shi'ite Sadr City neighborhood.

A military statement said troops also detained 12 suspects in Wednesday's operations aimed at what the military called a "Special Groups" terrorist network known for smuggling armor-piercing explosive devises (EFPs) from Iran.

The military says the network is also involved in moving militants from Iraq to Iran for training.

U.S. officials have accused Iran of providing support for Shi'ite militants in Iraq. Tehran denies the charge.

In Washington, USA Today newspaper says the defense department has asked Congress for nearly $750 million to airlift new armored vehicles to U.S. troops facing roadside bombs in Iraq.

In other developments, the British Ministry of Defense said (today / Wednesday) a British soldier was killed Tuesday in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra.

The USA Today report published Wednesday says the emergency funding request will allow the military to fly many of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles - or MRAPs - directly to troops rather than send them by ship, which takes weeks.

According to the report, the head of the Pentagon's MRAP task force, John Young, says as many as 35-hundred vehicles could be sent to Iraq by end of the year.

U.S. officials have said most of the vehicles American troops in Iraq currently use are vulnerable to armor-piercing roadside bombs (EFPs).

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

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