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Iraq Government: 200 Militants Killed In Clashes Near Najaf January 29, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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BAGHDAD (AP)–Iraqi officials said Monday that at least 200 militants were killed in a fierce battle between U.S.-backed Iraqi troops and a religious cult allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival, while bombings and mortar attacks targeting Shiites elsewhere killed at least 15 people.

Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said the Iraqi troops killed 200 militants, wounded 60 and captured 120 in the operation, lowering previous counts based on what he said were the most recent figures he had received.

Ahmed Deaibil, a spokesman for Najaf province, and Brig. Gen. Fadhil Barwari earlier had put the figure at 300 militants killed and as many as 20 captured, including fighters from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Lebanon.

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