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US Military: 14 Terrorists Killed, 48 Detained in Iraq


The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have killed 14 suspected terrorists and rescued a kidnapped Iraqi policeman in two separate operations.

A statement said 10 terrorists believed linked to al-Qaida were killed Wednesday, when coalition troops raided their hideout near the town of Muqdadiyah north of Baghdad.

It said the Iraqi policeman was found blindfolded and shackled to the floor inside the building.

The military said four terrorists were killed and 48 others detained in a separate operation in the restive town of Ramadi late Tuesday.

In a separate statement, the military said a U.S. Marine died today from wounds sustained while operating in Al Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

Tuesday, an explosion in a coffee shop in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad killed at least 14 people and wounded 16 others. There were conflicting reports on whether the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber or mortar rounds.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.