Iraq: 50 suspected insurgents killed in US strike

US and Iraqi soldiers, backed by American warplanes, killed 50 suspected insurgents in an hours-long battle Tuesday in central Baghdad, the Iraqi defense ministry said. US jet fighters and helicopters flashed through the skies over the Haifa Street area just north of the heavily fortified Green Zone, where the battle raged through the morning and much of the afternoon. Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Shaker, a defense ministry spokesman, said 21 militants were captured, including seven foreign Arabs - three Syrians, a Sudanese and three others. "Today's operation was designed to purge Haifa Street and nearby neighborhoods from terrorists," Shaker said.