U.S. air strike hits insurgents in western Iraq

U.S. aircraft struck three trucks with mounted anti-aircraft weapons and killed more than 10 insurgents west of Baghdad on Tuesday, the U.S. military said on Friday.

Based on intelligence reports and surveillance of a known al- Qaida in Iraq meeting location in northeast of Karma area near Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, the U.S. forces discovered three trucks, two of which carried mounted anti-aircraft artillery weapons, the military said in a statement.

U.S. forces followed the suspected trucks in the area where a pack of insurgents emerged from the vehicles and fired on two houses, the statement said, adding that the attack was assessed to be practice for possible future attacks against coalition forces.

"A fixed-wing aircraft was called in to destroy the vehicles.

One truck with an anti-aircraft weapon and two sedans associated with the trucks were destroyed, killing an estimated 10 to 14 terrorists," the statement said.

The two other trucks fled the scene in different directions, but each was destroyed in separate air strike after the insurgents ran away, it added.

In an overnight raid on the scene, followed the earlier air strike, U.S. forces detained eight more insurgents, including a wounded one, the statement said.

Source: Xinhua



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