Google news - SAMARRA, Iraq (AFP) — US and Iraqi forces swept into a suspected Al-Qaeda hideout north of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least seven fighters in a gun battle, Iraqi officials said.
The fighting erupted in a densely wooded area where Al-Qaeda had been regrouping, according to Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Khalaf, the police chief in the nearby town of Dhuluiyah.
"Seven members of Al-Qaeda were killed in the fighting, including a suicide bomber who blew himself up during the clashes, and another nine were arrested including a prominent terrorist called Uthman Tariq Ismail," he said.
He said some of those killed were from other Arab countries, without naming them, and that the bodies had been sent to the main hospital in the northern city of Tikrit for identification.
US and Iraqi forces have allied with local tribes and former insurgents over the past two years to drive Al-Qaeda out of most of its former strongholds.
But attacks against security forces and civilians bearing the hallmarks of the terror group are still common in some parts of the country, including the capital.
At least 150 people were killed in attacks in Iraq over the past week, including 65 people who died in a twin suicide bombing on Friday outside Baghdad's most holy Shiite shrine.
Mullah Nadhem al-Juburi, the head of a US-allied Sunni militia in Dhuluiyah targeted by a suicide bomber who struck a mosque last week, said security forces had not previously operated in the area of Sunday's assault.
"This whole area had been taken over by the Sahwa, but Al-Qaeda had recently started reorganising there," he said, referring to the Sahwa "Awakening" movement of tribes and former insurgents who have turned on Al-Qaeda.
He said the operation followed US aerial bombing and the dropping of paratroopers over the area.
Under a security pact signed with Washington in November, US troops are to withdraw from all Iraqi cities and major towns by June 30 and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011.
The Saudi aggression continued on Tuesday targeting residents’ houses and properties in a number of governorates.
A military source said that the aggression’s warplanes launched a sortie against a nursery belonging to the Office of Agriculture and Irrigation in Al-Anad, another one in the middle of the city and three other sorties against Al-Shuhada cemetery in Razih area in Sa’ada governorate.
The source pointed out that two farmers were injured by a sortie against a farm in Sahar district, and a car was also targeted in Baqum district in Sa’ada governorate.
Saudi aggression's warplanes waged six raids against Serwah district of Marib province early on Tuesday, an official said.
The strikes targeted citizens' houses and property, as two houses were destroyed, the official added.
Saudi aggression fighter jets waged on Tuesday morning three air raids against civilian targets in Hodeida city, an official said.
The raids targeted Political Security buildings in downtown the port city.
Saudi aggression fighter jets waged two raids on Bani Matar district of Sana'a province late on Monday, a security official said.
The raids targeted Asbahha area, caused huge damage to citizens' houses and Property, the official added.
GPC leadership, Ali Abdullah Saleh received on Monday congratulation letters and calls on the occasion of the 54th Day of the Yemeni 26 September Revolution.
The letters and calls are from GPC leaderships, a local officials, civil society.
They hoped Saleh and all Yemeni people a peace and a good life.
Saudi aggression's warplanes waged seven raids against the capital Sana'a early on Sunday, an official said.
The strikes targeted Sarif area east of al-Rawda city, on the road linking the capital with neighboring province of Mareb, causing large damage to citizens' houses and farms, the official added.
Saudi aggression fighter jets waged late on Saturday night, four air raids on Moton district of Jawf province , an official said.
The raids targeted residential Ham area in the district, he said. No casualties were reported, but damage to people's properties.