unmen ambushed Iraqi forces raiding a Sunni village northeast of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 22 policemen and US-allied fighters, US and Iraqi officials said.
The attackers in the insurgent stronghold of Othmaniyah apparently had been tipped off about the raid and were waiting for the Iraqi forces to arrive, officials said.
The US military said 14 national policemen and eight members of a Sunni group that has joined forces with the Americans against al-Qaida in Iraq had been killed.
Initial reports indicated they came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades and Russian-made machine guns, the military said in an e-mailed statement.
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