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UN Urges More Aid for Jordan, Syria to Cope With Iraqi Refugees

06 July 2007

The United Nations refugee agency says it is "unconscionable" that Jordan and Syria are being left alone to deal with a huge Iraqi refugee crisis.

The U.N. agency has received $70 million in aid so far to deal with the crisis, but a spokesman in Geneva says Jordan and Syria need much more aid to cope. Two million refugees have fled to Syria and Jordan to escape the violence in Iraq.

In the latest fighting in Iraq, the U.S. military says coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained eight suspected insurgents in al-Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

The military said Friday that coalition forces captured a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member who is allegedly responsible for overseeing terrorist attacks, as well as attempting to promote jihadist propaganda.

Thursday, a car bomb ripped through guests of a wedding party in Baghdad, killing 17 people and wounding about 25 others.

In other news, the U.S. military says a U.S. soldier died of wounds sustained in combat operations in western Baghdad Thursday.

Separately, two other U.S. soldiers were killed Thursday after being hit by a roadside bomb that can penetrate armor. The United States has accused Iran of supplying such weapons to insurgents.

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

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