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US Forces Kill One Militant, Capture Others In Iraq


The U.S. military in Iraq says American troops killed a suspected terrorist and captured a terror operative during a raid south of the capital, Baghdad.

The military says the militant detained in Saturday's raid is believed to be responsible for bringing foreign fighters into Iraq. Several other suspected insurgents were also detained.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says a Marine died Friday from injuries sustained in combat in al-Anbar province - bringing this month's troop death toll to 98, making it one of the deadliest months in Iraq for the American military since the March 2003 invasion.

In violence in Baghdad today, one person was killed when a bomb went off in a minibus.

In northern Iraq, joint U.S.-Iraqi raids in Mosul have captured six suspected terrorists, including the head of the Ansar al-Sunna group in Mosul, Mory Hassan Hussain.

On the political front, aides to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki say he told the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, that he was Washington's friend but "not America's man in Iraq."

Mr. Maliki was scheduled to speak by video link with U.S. President George Bush Saturday.

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