The U.S. military says American and Iraqi forces have killed nine insurgents, including five suspected Syrians, in a village northwest of Baghdad.
U.S. military officials say the insurgents had fired rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at a U.S. and Iraqi patrol in Cykla. The officials did not say when the clash occurred.
Washington and the Iraqi government say many insurgents in Iraq come from neighboring Arab countries.
On Thursday, insurgents killed seven people, including six Iraqi soldiers, in coordinated attacks in and around the capital.
The attacks came a day after Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist group (al-Qaida in Iraq) claimed to have murdered two kidnapped Algerian diplomats.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters.