Iraqi forces kill 11 militants in security crackdown

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces killed 11 suspected militants and arrested dozens in a large military-led operation north of Baghdad on Monday in response to a deadly attack on a checkpoint last month, military sources said.
The security sweep in Sulaman Pek, a town 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, turned fatal when some militants opened fire on officers inspecting homes, the sources said, adding that a number of the militants had been wearing suicide vests.
Thousands of troops and several helicopters were deployed in what appeared to be one of the largest security operations this year.