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5 Terrorists Killed in US, Iraqi Raid Near Fallujah


The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have killed five terrorists and detained 30 suspects during an operation in the restive Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

A military statement said four of the detainees were wounded in this Wednesday morning's operation northeast of Fallujah.

The statement said coalition forces raided a group of buildings that were known to be used by terrorists. It said troops found explosives in one of the buildings, and a helicopter strike was carried out to destroy the explosives.

In other news, the Washington Post newspaper, citing an unnamed Saudi official, reported Wednesday that the kingdom has decided to write off 80 percent of the more than $15 billion it is owed by Iraq.

The newspaper says the Bush administration has been pressing Iraq's creditors to follow Washington's lead and write off debt.

Iraq's Finance Minister Bayan Jabr, who was in Washington for World Bank meetings, told the Post that so far, 52 countries have canceled 80 to 100 percent of Iraq' debt.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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