Reuters via Washington Post:
Iraqi commandos backed by U.S. troops killed 84 militants in a battle to seize a training camp north of Baghdad, one of the highest guerrilla death tolls in the country's nearly two-year-old insurgency.More evidence that the enemy is losing and tht Iraqis are starting to take the fight to them. This operation appears to combine good intelligence with disiplined troops doing a good job. That is very bad news for the terrorist and those who want the US to fail in Iraq.
Baghdad's Interior Ministry said the dead included Arab and foreign fighters. Seven police commandos were also killed in the clashes on Tuesday in a deserted region 160 km (100 miles) northwest of Baghdad, where sporadic fighting continued.
"Special forces in the Interior Ministry attacked a training centre ... and had a fierce battle with the terrorists, killing 84 of them," Sabah Kadhim, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry told Reuters.
"Among the dead are Arab and foreign fighters, including Sudanese, Algerians and Moroccans, as well as other nationalities."
Officials said U.S. helicopters and troops were called in as back-up during the battle, which lasted several hours.