Police: Sunni insurgents kill 11 police recruits in northern Iraq

Iraqi officials say suspected Sunni insurgents have attacked a minibus carrying police recruits, killing 11, west of Mosul near the Syrian border. A provincial official and a police officer say police found the 11 bodies and their bullet-ridden minibus Monday evening in a deserted area near the rural town of Baaj. The town is 130 kilometers west of the northern city of Mosul. The assault comes as US-backed Iraqi security forces have been carrying out a major crackdown in Mosul and nearby areas to root out al-Qaida in Iraq militants. Officials have said some militants fled the assault, including toward a neighboring country, referring to Syria.