Nine dead in Baghdad clashes
Iraqi soldiers clashed with gunmen in a Shiite district of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least nine people, source said. The firefight was sparked when Iraqi troops came under fire during a raid aimed at an "insurgent leader" in eastern Baghdad, the U.S. military said in a statement.
According to the AP, the U.S. military added the raid was part of a massive security operation launched last month to crack down on violence in the capital.
An Iraqi army officer said the Americans had provided them with a list of names of people to be arrested in Sadr City. Local officials gave conflicting accounts on the death toll. Lt. Kadim Abbas Hamza of the Sadr City police said nine people, including a woman, were killed and 14 were injured.
A hospital official said seven people were killed and 34 wounded.