Thursday, April 26, 2007

Iraqi civilians believed dead in US strike-military

BAGHDAD, April 26 (Reuters) - Two Iraqi women and two children were believed to have been killed in a U.S. air strike aimed at al Qaeda militants north of Baghdad on Thursday, the U.S. military said.

Soldiers were searching buildings near Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, for a car bomb network with links to al Qaeda when they came under small arms fire, a military statement said.

The soldiers called in an air strike and four insurgents were killed.

"Additionally, coalition forces believe that two women and two children were also killed during the strike," the statement said. "The bodies were left on the site."

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