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  • Zafar Khan
    U.S.: Air Strikes Kill Seven Insurgents http://www.ksbitv.com/home/1705826.html BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Air strikes have flattened insurgent safe houses used by
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      U.S.: Air Strikes Kill Seven Insurgents

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      BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Air strikes have flattened
      insurgent safe houses used by militants linked to al
      Qaeda in western Iraq, the U.S. Marines told CNN
      Tuesday.

      The air attacks near the Syrian border killed at least
      seven militants, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force
      said.

      A top operative called Abu Islam was among the dead,
      the force said.

      Police in Baghdad reported that 56 civilians were
      killed in the strikes.

      They said police contacts in the region told them 40
      civilians died in one house and 16 in another. Two
      children survived, they added.

      A U.S. military spokesman said he had no specifics yet
      on the strike.

      Lt. Col. Steve Boylan of the Coalition Press
      Information Center said: "We target only military
      targets and take precautions on any type of civilian
      casualties on all of our operations."

      CNN could not independently verify the report of
      civilian deaths.

      The three air strikes were ordered on Husayba and
      Karabila, near Qaim, after tips were received,
      officials told CNN.

      Four 500-pound bombs were dropped on a house outside
      Husayba in the first raid at 6:20 a.m. (10:20 p.m.
      Monday ET), a statement said.

      Two more bombs were later dropped on a house the
      Marines said was occupied by Abu Islam.

      In the third attack, two bombs were aimed at a house
      in Karabila where militants sought refuge after the
      first strike, the statement said.

      The attacks were the latest combat in continued
      hostilities reported in the border region.

      On Friday, Marine planes pounded a suspected safe
      house in Husayba where about 50 insurgents were said
      to be staying, the day after three U.S. soldiers died
      in a roadside bombing in the town.

      U.S. pilot killed
      A U.S. pilot was killed and a second was wounded when
      a U.S. helicopter was hit by small-arms fire in
      northern Iraq, a military spokesman said.

      The attack on the UH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter came
      while it was flying over Tal Afar.

      The aircraft went down, but the wounded pilot was able
      to get the helicopter airborne again and left the
      immediate area.

      The number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war
      stands at 1,878.

      Violence continues in Iraq as politicians try to move
      forward with the constitutional process.

      In separate incidents Monday, gunmen assassinated the
      brother of the former governor of Baghdad and an
      official assigned to the Iraqi Elections Commission.
      (Full story)

      The killings came a day after Iraq's constitutional
      committee approved a final draft of the Iraqi
      constitution and put it before the National Assembly,
      despite the rejection of Sunni Arab leaders.

      It will go to the Iraqi people, who will vote by
      October 15.




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