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.
President Abdo Rabu Mansour Hadi sent Thursday a letter to President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh dealing with the mutual relations between the two brotherly countries as well as situations in the region.
President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi reviewed on Wednesday with the United Kingdom ambassador to Yemen Jane Marriott the latest developments of the implementation of the national dialogue's outcomes.
During the meeting, the President praised the ambassador's efforts and the UK support for Yemen either bilaterally or within the five permanent members of the Security Council and the group of the ten countries sponsoring the implementation of the Gulf initiative.
General People's Congress (GPC) delegation met Prime Minister of Djibouti, Abdualqader Kamel in their visit to the country. During the meeting, both sides discussed bilateral relations and ways of developing them as well as discussing a number of issues of common interest between the two countries.
The occasion of the GPC delegation visit was to attend the 35 Conference of the ruling Party in Djibouti, which took place during the period from 3 until 4 March.
The General Congress Committee of the General People's Congress and the Higher Council of the National Democratic Coalition held an extraordinary meeting presided by Ali Abdullah Saleh , the president of the GPC ,during which they examined The Security Council Resolution 2140 on Yemen .
The General Congress Committee and the Coalition parties appreciated the resolution's reaffirmation of strong commitment to the unity , sovereignty , independence and territorial integrity of Yemen , its welcoming the outcomes of the comprehensive National Dialogue Conference which