U.S., Iraqi Forces Kill Two in Raid South of Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. military says American-backed Iraqi
security forces killed two suspected insurgents and arrested seven
others south of Baghdad.

Iraqi officials say the two killed were civilians and complained
that the local government had not been notified before Saturday's

The U.S. military has frequently been criticized for civilian
deaths but the issue has surfaced less frequently since American
forces turned over security responsibility to the Iraqi government.

The military says troops searched buildings in two areas for an
al-Qaida in Iraq leader blamed for car bomb attacks on U.S. and
Iraqi security forces.

Karbala provincial council member Sattar al-Ardawi denounced the
raids, which he said were not authorized by local authorities.

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