US troops backed by a helicopter and jets struck a suspected safehouse of foreign insurgents, killing 12 militants and a woman in a raid near the site where an American helicopter crashed, the US military said Wednesday.
In Baghdad, a bomb ripped through a minibus carrying passengers to their Shi'ite neighborhood, killing four people, who were among at least 12 Iraqis killed in violence Wednesday. Police also found 11 bodies dumped in Baghdad and elsewhere, the apparent victims of sectarian killings.
The violence came as Shi'ite, Sunni and Kurdish politicians haggled over forming a new government aimed at stopping the bloodshed.
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