US, Iraqi Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Northern Raid

The U.S. military reports a combined U.S.-Iraqi operation in northern Iraq has killed nine suspected insurgents and captured eight others.
Iraqi children run away as US soldiers of Charlie Company, 1st Platoon, 1-15 Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct a foot patrol at Salman Pak city about 30 miles (45 kilometers), south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, March. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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Baghdad (AP) The U.S. military reports a combined U.S.-Iraqi operation in northern Iraq has killed nine suspected insurgents and captured eight others.

The raid targeted the terror group, Al-Qaida in Iraq.

A statement today says three Iraqi troops were killed but indicates there were no American casualties.

The raid last Sunday targeted a cell believed responsible for sssassinations and bomb attacks in Ninevah province. It netted rifles, ammunition, bomb-making materials, grenades, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and a land mine.

The U.S. and Iraqi forces are on a push for control of the northern region, where insurgents are making a stand after being chased out of other parts of Iraq, including Baghdad.