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.
Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Brigade managed on Sunday to foil an attack by al-Qaeda elements against Mafraq Al-Houtah and Al-Jasr in Azzan in Shabwa governorate.
During the attack, an explosive car blew off in Jawl Al-Raida area.
An informed military source said that terror elements leaked on Sunday at noon time through one of the valleys which stretch to Mayfa’ah area and carried out their terror attack against the soldiers while having their lunch
The Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) Secretary General has stressed the GCC States' adherence to maintain Yemen's unity, security and stability.
The GCC States fully support the efforts of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to complete the transitional stage based on the GCC-initiative and its executive mechanism in order to achieve the Yemeni people's aspiration, Abdul Latif al-Zayani said in a joint press conference with Kuwait's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sabah Khaled al-Sabah, the
One soldier and five al-Qaeda terrorists were killed on Saturday in clashes between the army and al-Qaida militants in Qatan district of Hadramout province.
Intelligence information has been obtained on suspicious movements of terrorist groups towards Qatan district, a military source said, adding that a plan has been prepared to foil the attack led to blowing up two suicide car bombs near a camp of special security forces and killing all terrorists on the cars.
President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi received on Wednesday board members of the Popular Alignment Body for the Protection of National Gains, led by Yehia Hussein al-Arashi, member of Shura Council.
During the meeting, Hadi talked about a number of issues Yemen has been experiencing since the eruption of 2011's crisis, saying that the country has overcome various challenges and difficulties until holding the National Dialogue Conference, noting also steps and measures taken to handle that crisis.
GPC celebrated its 32 anniversary where it was found on August 24, 1982 as the first Yemeni political organization with the participation of all political forces.
celebratory events of the GPC were celebrated in the Sana'a and its branches in various governorates of Yemen.
Military units of the second Military Region raided on Monday a villa in 60 street in Mukala, which was used as a den by a terrorist cell to carry out terrorist acts.
A military source at the Military Region command said on Tuesday that the military forces surrounded the villa after receiving the information about the existence of a terrorist cell and clashed with the terrorists.