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.
Saudi aggression fighter jets on Monday waged three air strikes on citizens' houses in Serwah district of Mareb province, a local official said.
The air strikes hit the house of Ali Mohammed al-Hussaini and a number of neighboring houses in Habab valley area three times, causing heavy damage to the houses, the official said.
The army says third generation of modern Yemeni Rocketry ballistic missiles cannot be intercepted provided enemy Saudi anti-missile system, in a statement on Sunday.
The army said the new Yemeni ballistic technology is another war against US -Saudi anti-missiles system in which the Yemeni technology of the third generation of ballistic missiles beats enemy system and always hit the targets directly and accurately.
The army confirmed that the missile forces have managed in a short time and in very difficult conditions to change the military equation into their favor.
Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Aziz Saleh Bin Habtoor, met on Sunday in the capital Sana'a, the UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick.
At the meeting, they stressed on the importance to exert all efforts to alleviate suffering of the Yemeni people due to the Saudi aggression and its all-out siege that have hit the humanitarian, health and economic sectors.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hisham Sharaf, expressed Saturday his surprise at remarks made by some ambassadors of friendly countries, calling them to instead seek the interest of the Yemeni people and help establish peace in the region.
In a statement, the minister said that some of these countries only seek to serve the objectives and interests of their own, but not the interests of the Yemeni people.
He Said those countries, or the so called Quarter countries
Yemeni parliament strongly condemned on Saturday the Saudi aggression air strikes on the funeral house in Arhab district of Sana'a province that left at least ten women and children died, in a press statement said.
The Saudi air attack on the women funeral house was the Saudi latest war crime against the Yemeni civilians that killed eight women and children and injured ten other women on Wednesday afternoon.
The parliament said that this new horrific, brutal Saudi war crime against Yemeni civilians reveals that the Saudi aggression is a beast lacks all religious