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US Airstrike In Fallujah Kills At Least 11 - 2004-07-18


Hospital officials in the flashpoint Iraqi city of Fallujah say at least 11 people have been killed in a U.S. airstrike.

Witnesses say today's (Sunday's) attack focused on a single home in Fallujah. The city west of Baghdad is thought to be the headquarters of al-Qaida operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Iraq's most-wanted terror suspect.

Coalition forces have been targeting safehouses in the city believed used by al-Qaida-linked fighters.

The U.S. military command confirms there were overnight airstrikes in Fallujah, but has declined to provide further details.

In another development, the U.S. military says a senior leader in Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard has been captured near the ousted dictator's hometown of Tikrit.

A spokesman says the suspect, a former Major-General, was captured near Tikrit Friday.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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