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Gunmen in Iraqi Mosque Kill One US Soldier, Injure Another

17 August 2007

The U.S. military says a U.S. soldier in Iraq was killed and another wounded when they were shot by insurgents who were inside a Sunni mosque north of Baghdad.

The military says the soldiers were attacked at their outpost Thursday with heavy small arms fire that came from the Honest Muhammad Mosque in Tarmiyah.

The military says a helicopter fired a missile at two gunmen on the roof, causing minor damage. The release did not say what happened to the two gunmen.

In other news, the military says coalition forces killed 13 terrorists and detained a dozen suspects during battles with militants holed up in several buildings east of Tarmiyah Friday.

The military says a boy was killed inside a building with an armed terrorist. The military says it previously called out for the fighters to send out any civilians who were in the buildings.

Separately, troops detained 14 suspected terrorists in central and northern Iraq since Thursday.

In other developments, Iraqi Shi'ite and Kurdish lawmakers have formed a new political alliance to try to shore up Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's shaky government. But the alliance does not include Sunni Arab factions.

In northern Iraq, rescue workers are still digging through rubble from the devastating suicide bombings that killed at least 400 people.

Four truck bombs leveled several blocks of two Kurdish-speaking communities near the Syrian border on Tuesday. The victims were mainly religious-minority Yazidis, whom Islamic militants consider infidels.

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

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