US: Air strike in Basra kills insurgent; Iraqi police: 6 civilians dead

An air strike destroyed a house in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, killing an insurgent, the US military said Thursday. Iraqi police said six civilians were among the dead. US-led coalition directed "aerial fires" against enemy forces fighting Iraqi troops Wednesday near the militia stronghold of Kibla in Basra, said Lt. David Russell, a military spokesman. Russell provided no further details about whether U.S. or British aircraft were used in the attack.