US forces bomb Fallujah, detain scores near Baghdad as US soldier dies from ''non-combat'' injury
U.S. planes bombed the Iraqi city of Fallujah overnight and U.S. and Iraqi forces also surrounded the town of Duluiya, north of Baghdad, raiding homes, detaining scores of people and calling in helicopter strikes on nearby targets, Iraqi officials said on Tuesday.
According to Reuters, quoting a US statement, the air strikes on Fallujah destroyed "safe houses and weapons caches used by followers of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi."
Also Tuesday, Iraq's northern export pipeline was attacked and a section was on fire. An oil official told Reuters, oil continued to flow through an undamaged section of the twin line.
In the meantime, residents of Ramadi, located 70 miles west of Baghdad, said fighting raged near the city hall and a Humvee was ablaze Tuesday. There were no reports of casualties.
Elsewhere, a 1st Infantry Division Soldier died from a non-combat injury at a base in Diyala province, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
The soldier was found late Sunday in his living quarters after he did not return to his guard post. The incident is under investigation. The name of the soldier is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. (Albawaba.com)
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