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US, Iraqi Troops Raid Iraqi Health Ministry, Detain 5 Guards


U.S. and Iraqi troops have detained five security guards during a raid on the Iraqi Health Ministry.

U.S. military officials gave few details about the operation.

Iraqi health ministry officials have demanded an apology. The health ministry is headed by a Shi'ite, Ali al-Shemari, who is an ally of radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

In a separate raid, Iraqi security forces detained 16 people they say planned to kill relatives of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

And the U.S. military says it captured an insurgent leader officials say was behind the July 17th attack on a market in Mahmoudiya that killed at least 50 people.

In other developments, insurgents killed the commander of a security force that guard's Iraq's oil infrastructure near Tikrit. And the governor of Mosul escaped an assassination attempt.

The U.S. military said Saturday it has detained 60 suspected terrorists in a predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Baghdad (Arab Jabour).

The military said the suspects are believed to be linked to an al-Qaida cell responsible for numerous car bombings in Baghdad.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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