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18 suspected Iraqi insurgents killed

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BAGHDAD-  Iraq's Defense Ministry says its soldiers have killed 18 suspected insurgents -- including a top al-Qaida in Iraq member.

The ministry says Iraqi soldiers also captured 4 other members of the group in a raid in a town north of Baghdad yesterday afternoon. Two other people who had been kidnapped were set free and two cars filled with explosives were confiscated and destroyed.

The town, in a predominantly Sunni area, is home to former members of Saddam Hussein's security agencies. Meanwhile, in the capital, the U.S. military says troops killed six suspects and detained five others while searching for the person believed to have replaced a slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader. The leader was killed in a U.S. air strike earlier this month.
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