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US Military Says Coalition Air Strike Kills 25 Militants near Baquba


The U.S. military in Iraq says about 25 militants were killed and two houses destroyed in a U.S. air strike near Baquba, north of Baghdad. A military statement says support aircraft were called in after coalition troops came under attack during a raid targeting a "special groups" commander believed linked to the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

The United States has repeatedly accused the Quds force of supporting insurgents in Iraq. The military says gunmen opened fire with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, and at least one person was seen carrying what appeared to be an anti-aircraft weapon. Iraqi authorities say about 30 people were wounded in the pre-dawn air strike on a Shi'ite neighborhood. Iraqi officials say civilians were among the dead. In other news, the U.S. military said three American troops were killed today in two separate roadside bomb attacks in Iraq. The military says five troops were wounded in the bombings in southeastern Baghdad and in Salahuddin province.

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