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Iraqi Police, Witnesses: 10 Civilians Killed in US Raid in Baghdad

28 September 2007

Iraqi police and witnesses say U.S. forces have killed 10 civilians and wounded several others during a raid on a building in a mostly Sunni neighborhood in southern Baghdad.

Police say an unknown number of people were detained after U.S. helicopters attacked the building during the pre-dawn raid in the Sihha district.

There has been no comment from the U.S. military.

On Thursday, the military said it was investigating the deaths of five women and four children in a village, Babahani, south of Baghdad, where U.S. forces had been conducting ground and air operations. A statement said structures in the area have been used as safe houses for al-Qaida in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says a U.S. Senate resolution calling for the creation of a loose, de-centralized system of government in Iraq would hurt the country.

On Thursday, the Arab League and Iraq's Shi'ite vice president, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, also rejected the resolution. Mahdi said it is up to Iraqis to decide the future of their country.

The non-binding resolution, which passed earlier this week, calls for a political settlement that would essentially divide Iraq into three ethnic, semi-autonomous regions controlled by Sunni Arabs, Shi'ites and Kurds.

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

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