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US Says Seven Al-Qaida-Linked Insurgents Killed in Iraq Air Strike

The U.S. military in Iraq says it killed seven al-Qaida-linked insurgents in an airstrike today (Monday) near Baquba.

The military says those killed had ties to senior al-Qaida leaders and worked to help foreign fighters in the restive area. Three other insurgents were wounded in the raid.

Major General William Caldwell says two boys -- aged six months and four years -- were killed in the strike. He called their deaths extremely unfortunate. He says the children were with insurgents who were shooting at U.S. forces at the time of the strike.

A third child was wounded and evacuated for medical treatment.

The raid is the latest since a U.S. airstrike killed the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, near Baquba last week.

In Baghdad today (Monday), Iraqi police say a roadside bomb killed at least six people