US Kills 30 in Baghdad

Women and children may counted among the dead
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 8, 2007 5:21 PM CDT
Mustafa Hussein, right, and a relative grieve for his uncle outside a hospital morgue in the Shiite enclave of Sadr City after an overnight military operation by U.S. troops in Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US killed 30 militants and detained another dozen in an overnight air strike on a military stronghold in a Shiite district of Baghdad. Witnesses counted women and children among the slain, though the US claims all 30 were insurgents linked to radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

Last night's attack on Sadr City targeted members of the Mahdi Army, an group that has been accused of smuggling weapons from Iran. The strike came as PM al-Maliki met with Iranian officials to discuss bolstering security—and on the eve of a major Shia pilgrimage, which has angered the local Shiite population.