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BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fresh raids target Iraqi rebels

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Fresh raids target Iraqi rebels: "Fresh raids target Iraqi rebels
The US has struck at the rebel-held city of Falluja overnight, bombing what it called a 'terrorist site' linked to militant leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
He is blamed for a string of kidnappings and suicide bombings.
Local doctors said at least two people were killed in the raid, but the US said 'only Zarqawi operatives', not civilians, were at the site.
Baghdad's Sadr City suburb was also hit overnight, and residents said dozens of tanks roamed the streets on Tuesday.
In other developments:
Two British soldiers are killed when their convoy is ambushed in Basra, the British army says.
US forces in Kirkuk say they have detained Hussein Salman Mohammed al-Juburi, the alleged leader of the local cell of Ansar al-Sunna, a group blamed for killing 12 Nepalese hostages last month.
Jordan's King Abdullah says in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that holding elections whose outcome would not be disputed is 'impossible' in the current climate of chaos in Iraq.
An Egyptian official confirms the release of one of two Egyptian hostages taken last week - their company says both have been freed, says AFP agency.
'Credible intelligence'
In Falluja, which for several months has been a stronghold of militants fighting US and Iraqi forces, the American military said it had 'conducted a precision strike' targeting rising members of Zarqawi's organisation.
'Several credible intelligence sources confirmed that members of the terrorist group were operating at the site at the time of the strike,' it said in a statement.
The strike 'accurately targeted this terrorist location while protecting the surrounding homes,' the statement said.
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